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Wellington

Heritage building will become modern office accommodation

Modern office facilities with a heritage touch in the capital’s parliamentary precinct are now available to purchase or lease through JLL. ​


 

 

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20160303_NZMA renderexterior no windows small-min.jpgThree floors are available to lease or purchase in the New Zealand Medical Association building at 26 The Terrace. It is currently under redevelopment, and due to be completed in April 2017. 

Levels 2 and 3 are 194sqm and Level 4 is 184sqm. NZMA intends to occupy levels 5 and 6. The ground floor will be home to a second venue for the popular French café La Cloche. 

The NZMA building dates back to 1938. After the Christchurch earthquakes, the building was assessed and found to be at 10-15% of earthquake standards. 

NZMA decided in 2011 to redevelop the site and build a new, bespoke 6-level building while retaining the original art-deco façade. The new building will be strengthened to 100% of New Building Standards. 

“The association celebrated 125 years in 2011 and has owned 26 The Terrace since 1938. Our history is important to us, but the premises were well past their use-by date. We are looking forward to enjoying the modern facilities in our refurbished building,” NZMA chair Dr Stephen Child says. 

“The neighbouring St Andrews church and the NZMA building have been part of the Terrace’s built heritage for a long time. St Andrews was built in 1923 and the NZMA building was designed by architect BF Kelly in 1937. It is said to be a fine example of the Stripped Classical style and we’re very pleased the elegant façade will remain.”

Tom Colman of TJL Associates says the building’s heritage status and the site’s ground conditions have made this a complex project. It has taken a long time to get to a point where the site could be handed over to building contractors.  

“We had to enhance the foundation system for the new building before we could begin, and as the heritage façade is our only entrance to the site, we have had to break down some of the machinery in order to get it in through the ground floor.

“The result will be well worthwhile. We have spent some time working through the construction complexities, which has actually also allowed us the opportunity to enhance the layout and design of the new building, enabling us to produce an even better product. For example, we’re adding brass spandrels to the façade which were in the architect’s original design but never created. So we’re bringing the building back to its original, intended glory.”

Colman says he’s fortunate to have an excellent project team including Andrew Fullerton-Smith and John McKenzie from commercial real estate company JLL. 

“Everyone involved has worked very hard over the years to find solutions to various problems,” Colman says. 

Andrew Fullerton-Smith says the available floors will have an open floorplan and all the infrastructure a modern office requires. They will be ideal for small to medium businesses that want to be right in the heart of the parliamentary precinct. 

“The Terrace is a main thoroughfare that receives plenty of vehicle and foot traffic. Number 26 is on the western side and is one building away from the corner of Bolton St, and one block from The Beehive.

“The ground-floor café will be a real feature, and La Cloche is planning a very special fit-out. We think both the building occupiers and Wellingtonians who live and work in the area will really appreciate having a café of this calibre on their doorstep,” Fullerton-Smith says. 

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NZMA moved out of 26 The Terrace in 2012 and has been in temporary accommodation across the road during site preparation work. 

“This will be a beautiful heritage building, updated for modern business requirements,” Dr Child says. “We look forward to welcoming the organisations who will share it with us.”