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Old June 24th, 2003, 04:25 AM   #1
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AUCKLAND: Lumley Centre - 29st/125m

Well, here it is folks, the official project construction thread of the 29 level office tower on Shortland St, Auckland; with lead tenants, Simpson Grierson

Post all construction pics and info here!

Building stats:
levels: 29

height: 125m to spire, 111m to roof

Completion date: Early 2005

Developers/ builders: Manson Developments

Architects: Peddle Thorpe Aitken

Websites:www.manson.co.nz and www.nrmtower.co.nz

An original render of the new tower:

In context of Skyline:

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Old June 26th, 2003, 02:18 PM   #2
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The Eastward spread of the skyline,Nice!!!


It's like a mini Melbourne Central,I can't beleive I didn't notice that earlier!!!
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Old July 2nd, 2003, 03:07 PM   #3
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Yay! I'm glad Shortland Street is being updated! I'd love to see what the design is like.
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Old July 4th, 2003, 07:17 AM   #4
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I realised today that Simpson Grierson already has a tower in Auckland. Here's a pic from skyscrapers.com:

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I just love that little indent in the side. I hope Patrick Beckers doen't mind me posting it here, for the purposes of skyscraper discussion.
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Old July 4th, 2003, 07:30 AM   #5
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yeah, Simpson Grierson are taking the top 6 or 7 floors of the new tower on Shortland St.
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Old July 6th, 2003, 06:00 AM   #6
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I've just been for a walk through the CBD and seen some interesting things. There about about 10 - 20 new 'scrapers in construction, and those are just the ones I saw on my walk. Anyway, I went to see how the construction of the Simpson-Grierson building was going. They've done the foundations and started on the bottom few floors, and some work on the cliff next to it. When I was there these two old men came and were talking about how there used to be a grain silo, established in 1840. The funny thing is, there is a whole wall still standing, about 10 or so storeys high, and just a wall, with windows in. It looks quite odd.
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Old July 6th, 2003, 06:14 AM   #7
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The walls u are talking about is the facade of the old roller mills building, is being reused as part of the carpark podium, as this will integrate better with its surroundings on Fort St.

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“Old flour mill façade takes on new life in new century”

A wafer-like wall of brick and paint – held upright in a brace of steel girders – is all that remains of the sturdy building where Auckland’s flour was milled for more than a century.
The Fort St. wall of the Northern Roller Mills complex is being saved for a new life as a façade for the new nine-level carpark podium, as part of Manson Development's office tower on the site.
The façade, described as being of neo-classical style, is listed as a category B historic building by the Auckland City Council.
The original structure was built in 1880, and added to in 1905.
Culum Manson, of Manson Developments Group, said the rest of the building was demolished because it was specially adapted to house plant and machinery and was unsuited for conversion into a carpark.
A new role in the city’s life is also planned for the old mill’s grain silo adjacent, with apartments to be fitted inside.
Mr Manson said the novelty of living in an old grain silo must have appealed as all apartments in the 150-unit development sold out several months ago at prices ranging from $150 000 to $350 000.
The new 29-level office tower, expected to be ready in 2005, takes up the Shortland St. side of the 5000sq m site.
In its later years the mill produced only stock food and in 2000 Manson brought the site for $9 million. Miller John Lamb paid 1027 Pounds for the site in 1875.

- Wayne Thompson.
This is surely an example of sustainable development, ie; catering for furture needs, while looking after aspects of the past!?

The historic facade is the one on the left, with the arches. The one to the right has been demolished, on Fort St.
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Old July 6th, 2003, 06:16 AM   #8
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Nice article bro. Yeah I think the tower must join to the side of the cliff cos they have started work on "foundations" on the cliff, further up from the ground.
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Construction Pics at last!!!


Taken on 8th July, Heres the core rising, up to level 3 i think, taken from Shortland St:

From Fort St, the carpark podium facade, held up by huge steel girders:

full view of the Fort St construction site, with Manson Developments crane dominating pic, and big height diff between Shortland and Fort St's clearly evident:


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Old August 4th, 2003, 11:48 AM   #10
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Construction pics>>>

Just before everyone forgets...the only 100m+ office tower under construction in Auckland...recent core rises, up to level 5, only a few months and it'll be denting the skyline:

Looking towards the Roller Mills apartments:

A swath of cranes, as the office tower, and adjacent apartments are constructed, i'd be interesting to take this view this time next year, from Shortland- Princes St corner

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Old August 6th, 2003, 10:22 PM   #11
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Still unsure of height above ground - is 125 mtrs. to top of spires or ridge and is that above ground or above sea level ? In other threads I have seen 111.3 m to roof and 125.4 3 to spires and and in another 115 to ridge. Anyone clarify ?
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Old August 7th, 2003, 03:41 AM   #12
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Re: official heights

@Chris lewis, the heights are RL111m to roof and RL125m to spire, so 125m is the official height, it shold come up to about 3/4 of the way up Royal&SunAlliance
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Re: Re: official heights

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@Chris lewis, the heights are RL111m to roof and RL125m to spire, so 125m is the official height, it shold come up to about 3/4 of the way up Royal&SunAlliance
correcto mondo! i rang architects for these heights. if you want height above sea level add 5m!
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Old August 12th, 2003, 10:39 AM   #14
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New Render...

I found this render in the New Zealand Architecture magazine, and they had a short story on the new tower, with a new render, check it out>>>

This appears to be the 'projected' view from Shortland St, and you can see the new Auckland University performing arts centre (old TVNZ Studios) next door. I think this angle makes the tower look awesome!
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Old August 12th, 2003, 03:07 PM   #15
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Wow that is a beautiful render. What a great building. Good work finding that. I can't wait till this is built.
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Has anyone been past the site recently? They should be up to about core level 8 by now!?
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no i haven't being passed recently. This building is getting much publicity. When the Pricewaterhousecoopers went yp there were endless articles and petions to stop it and stuff..
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Old September 13th, 2003, 05:58 AM   #18
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LATEST!

Here's a pano dated 13/9/03:

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It's strange, cos I'm doing this economics assignment, and I found out today that a main company involved is Simpson Grierson. How weird.
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Old September 13th, 2003, 05:43 PM   #19
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Cool!
The core looks like its up to level 8 there, almost level with the historic facade, and the floor is at 6 or 7! Thats RL 28m! Can't wait till this baby is rising up further into our skyline

BTW, your pic looks a tad off..not sure if its me on the good stuff or not
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Old September 13th, 2003, 09:24 PM   #20
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Re. the height above ground - [I think] 'RL' means 'Reference Level' not 'Retail Level' and means the height above sea level.The area this tower is being built on is 4 mtres. [approx.] above sea level, therefeore the height above ground will be 107 mtres. I do not think spires should be included. Can some one else clarify if this what what 'RL' means.
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