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A NEW LEASE OF LIFE


 

 

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One of Auckland’s iconic heritage buildings and one of only three remaining on the Freeman’s Bay shoreline welcomes a new tenant.

Below the Line, a leading integrated marketing agency in New Zealand will be taking up tenancy within the Kauri Timber Building, which is currently being restored and redeveloped by Kauri Timber Company. The deal, which will see Below the Line move in to level one later this year was successfully secured by Jones Lang LaSalle commercial brokers, James Thornburn and Nick Theyers.
Bob Faram, principal owner of Below the Line, says, "The building character and heritage fits well with the agencies culture and values. We wanted something that was contemporary but had character, the Kauri Timber Building fitted this brief perfectly".
Increasingly we are finding that companies, particularly those in the creative industry are increasingly looking for more bespoke, individual working environments to complement their own company culture”, continues Thornburn. “Such restoration projects in Auckland such as The Imperial Buildings, the City Works Depot and now The Kauri Timber Building are proving very popular with the likes of Bauer Media, Y&R, JWT and now Below the Line. “Once completed this beautifully restored building will provide a truly outstanding office space.”
Nick Theyers, adds, “One big challenge we faced was that Below the Line’s existing lease expired prior to potential commencement of the new lease in the Kauri Building. However, working in conjunction with the Kauri Building Company and CMP, who are the developers working on the Kauri project; we managed to source temporary character space in Victoria Park Markets, another of CMP’s development project.”
Situated at 104 Fanshawe Street, the Kauri Timber Building is steeped in Auckland history and was considered a timber powerhouse of New Zealand’s industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This four-storey brick building was the head office of some of the most important timber companies in the country which included the Auckland Timber Company (1881-1888), the Kauri Timber Company (1888-1944) and Butler Brothers Limited (early 1900’s). These businesses contributed to the transformation of the rural landscape in northern New Zealand.
 
The building was initially designed in a simple Italianate style, with four bays facing the street. Each bay contains large arched windows on the upper levels and at ground level with offset doors and large shop windows featured.
It was identified by the developers due to its perfect location as the north-western city has seen big firms arrive and is fast becoming the new centre of Auckland business. It also had excellent development potential to modernise and extend this historic structure to meet today’s stringent building code and office requirements.

Greer Stephens, developer of the Kauri Timber Building, says; “After the Christchurch earthquakes this of course raised awareness around the safety standards in older buildings so the Kauri Timber Building has been upgraded so that it meets the current earthquake and building code.
“This intervention will be sympathetic and delicately inserted into a lovingly restored existing building fabric. On the neighbouring site we are introducing a modern contemporary building with an elegantly placed single circular connection to link the two contrasting eras of architecture. The new buildings façade evokes the history of the adjacent bays through a textural and semi- transparent modern fascia depicting the hollowed out spaces where Kauri trees and logs once lay at the foot of the mill.”
The Kauri Timber Company is dedicated to providing a mix of heritage and modern spaces, tailor-designed to meet modern tenant requirements.
Mr Stephens adds, “We are excited to have successfully worked with Jones Lang LaSalle to secure our first tenant to the newly renovated building. Below the Line shared our vision of the building and was quick to engage with Kauri Timber Building Limited at an early stage to enable us to tailor the restoration of their space to their specific requirements. We have really enjoyed getting to know the team and look forward to them occupying the building upon its completion and be part of the buildings exciting new future. “