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Official slams loss of creche in $76m ANZ Centre revamp


More criticism has emerged of the $76 million refurbishment of Auckland's 40-level ANZ Centre. Waitemata Local Board member Christopher Dempsey decried demolition of the childcare centre, following yesterday's swipe from inner-city resident Tim Hannah against the new coffee kiosk to be built in the plaza on the corner of Federal and Swanson Sts. But Scott Pritchard, AMP NZ Office chief executive, defended the changes to the building of the NZX-listed landlord, saying tenants wanted more amenities like the outdoor kiosk and only one person had objected.

He said he was deeply disappointed with publicity about Hannah's criticisms. "We've had endorsement from a phenomenal amount of people. It's just frustrating," Pritchard said of the flak. Dempsey said it was depressing that the Kindercare was being replaced with a meeting space for "suits". The creche was built in return for allowing more building space on the site, he said, and he had been contacted by parents upset about losing the Kindercare. "The existing childcare facility is part of a package of bonus right features that were included in the original consent, granted in the late 1980s.

"It is unusual in that this childcare facility is, I think, the only one of its kind in Auckland Central. This demonstrates foresight and thought by the original developer, who clearly sought a more considered selection of bonus right features." Bonus rights were granted for works with a public benefit, such as art, a public plaza or outdoor amenity areas, childcare facilities or through-site links, he said. The floor area of the works, or dollar value of the artwork, is then used to claim floor space to be incorporated into the building. Dempsey said these can be substantial once a bonus is applied and there was a clear link between bonus rights features and floor space in a building.

But he said the ANZ Centre had no title reference to the creche, so Auckland Council would be powerless to reject AMP's redesign of the building by ensuring it retained the Kindercare. "The only easement created by a memorandum of transfer is for the road-widening bonus feature on Swanson and Federal Sts. No other bonus feature is noted," Dempsey said. Now that the tower had no creche, he posted the question about whether some of its floors be removed. "If bonus features are, as claimed by the applicant, routinely adjusted for physical and functional reasons and the new package of features result in less public benefit, how is the original building floor space reduced?

"And critically, can a bonus feature which the public clearly hold in some esteem - a childcare facility in this instance - be summarily altered or removed without consultation with the public or consideration of the substantial public interest?" Dempsey also criticised Warren & Mahoney's redesign, saying a 2000s style box was being created at the foot of a 1980s building. "Given that the box replaces the childcare centre which itself is a curvilinear building holding and maintaining a sympathetic response to the main building raises questions about the design process engaged in."

Pritchard of AMP would not entertain the idea of removing tower floors now that the creche has gone. "What was granted in the 1980s is not relevant now," he said adding that he regretted the loss of Kindercare but it was unavoidable. "We have got a childcare centre in the AMP Centre 100m away and that's three times the size of Kindercare. The difficulty with creches in the city is they have to have a lot of open space and that's always difficult to find."
 
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Here is what the ANZ in Albert Street currently looks like:








Hopefuly they will get rid of these awnings and replace them with a more modern structure



This will be where the new foyer is built

























 
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The entrance changes to the doors facing the courtyard/park from next week and the main entrance on Albert St will close
 
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The entrance changes to the doors facing the courtyard/park from next week and the main entrance on Albert St will close
That's a clever idea, activating the square and creating a buzz around the already popular St Patrick's Square :cheers:
 

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The new interior floors are pretty nice too. I won't be seeing then anymore though as not working there anymore.
 
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Lobby and entrance of ANZ Centre do up on target

The public aspects of the biggest building do-up in New Zealand will be unveiled just before Christmas. Lobby and entrance areas at the 38-level ANZ Centre on the corner of Albert, Swanson and Federal Sts will be open mid-December, says AMP NZ Office chief executive Scott Pritchard. "The pavilion and lobby will open then and the onsite works will be finished by May next year," Pritchard said. "The job is on programme and we're continuing to deliver floors. "So far, seven floors have been finished out of 20." Internal floors are being stripped out and done up in a refurbishment programme worth $76 million. AMP employed architect Warren and Mahoney, and builder Fletcher Construction on the project.
 

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ANZ little update

Hi guys...havnt been on here for a while, not since the imperial building in fort lane. Im the guy that made that awesome spiral staircase.
Anz is going ahead quite strong. we have finished most of the structural steel work in the main areas and we are now concentating on the walkway canopy on albert street. So sydney, the aweful awnings are going. Will try my hardest to start posting some photos of work in progress in the workshop and what is happening on site. should have done this months ago.
will post more soon....
ps. cant say how much i enjoy this site....awesome stories and daily uploads makes me see what an awesome city we live in and will be taking myself and my partner of to waiheke shortly for a little winr tasting....
 

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Hi guys...havnt been on here for a while, not since the imperial building in fort lane. Im the guy that made that awesome spiral staircase.
Anz is going ahead quite strong. we have finished most of the structural steel work in the main areas and we are now concentating on the walkway canopy on albert street. So sydney, the aweful awnings are going. Will try my hardest to start posting some photos of work in progress in the workshop and what is happening on site. should have done this months ago.
will post more soon....
ps. cant say how much i enjoy this site....awesome stories and daily uploads makes me see what an awesome city we live in and will be taking myself and my partner of to waiheke shortly for a little winr tasting....
kia ora wildsosboy look forward to seeing this project revealed - especially after hearing the man responsible (or part of it at least) for the amazing imperial building renovation is involved.
 
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Hi guys...havnt been on here for a while, not since the imperial building in fort lane. Im the guy that made that awesome spiral staircase.
Anz is going ahead quite strong. we have finished most of the structural steel work in the main areas and we are now concentating on the walkway canopy on albert street. So sydney, the aweful awnings are going. Will try my hardest to start posting some photos of work in progress in the workshop and what is happening on site. should have done this months ago.
will post more soon....
ps. cant say how much i enjoy this site....awesome stories and daily uploads makes me see what an awesome city we live in and will be taking myself and my partner of to waiheke shortly for a little winr tasting....
That's fantastic news - thanks :colgate: I look forward to your pics and thanks for the updates :hug:
 

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Hi guys again...as poromise ....a ew more photos and a schematic of sorts of the stairs...
Had to lend my camera to one of the site guys so not the best but shall do

Just a little shop drawing of the structural steel involved in ANZ



some of the stairs going up.....all 22 levels......





 
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I see that there's provision for a pedestrian crossing but no sign of lines being painted on the road - can anybody confirm if this is going ahead ? I hope so.
 
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