I didn't know it was going to be six stories? That will cover up the Scene carpark podiums nicely, albeit with another carpark which has a bit more architectural work put into it.Works have begun on the Cooper and Company’s carpark and retail Britomart project at the old Oriental Markets site in downtown Auckland.
In a nod to the markets which once operated from the site, the new six level building is called the Britomart Oriental Building.
The development is located on the corner of Quay St and Britomart Place next to the Countdown supermarket which was previously a Foodtown.
The Britomart Oriental Building will be completed in early 2011 includes 1250 carparks, a third of which will be dedicated to the public.
Cooper and Company chief executive Matthew Cockram said people going to events at nearby Vector Arena will benefit from the extra parking.
A valet service with full time concierge operating from the Ignite Architect-designed building’s foyer will be part of the development.
The ground floor retail spaces in the building have not yet signed up any tenants, but works are proceeding regardless.
“The building also has provision for a future pedestrian bridge over Quay Street if that is seen as desirable in the future,” Mr Cockram said.
Hawkins Construction will be building the project. It has also built Britomart’s Ernst & Young and Westpac buildings.
Britomart is playing host to alternative radio station bFM’s b-street music event on Saturday, where many New Zealand bands will play for a short time one after the other at a range of locations within the precinct.
The large beanbags Britomart puts out on its grass section at Takutai Square every day have been well-received by local office workers, spotted reclining on them in what scraps of sunshine are available during lunch times in recent weeks.
The design of the building hasn't changed i.e. the carpark is enveloped by retailing on the front and sides. Basically all that has changed is that there will no longer be a cinema there and a gym instead. No great loss. It's still pretty easy to catch the train out to Rialto or walk up to Skycity cinemas in any case. What would be great would be a roof top bar, would be some nice views in the evenings.Have to agree, it's a total waste of a prime spot. Hope it at least does not look like a carpark.
Shops....and the gym with windows....the market for apartments has basically dried up, Banks won't lend on them anymore requiring close to 50% deposit in the cases when they do.^^ There was gona be apartments on the front side, at least it would have looked like a proper building with windows and balconies etc, what are they gona do now? fake apartments?
Old design but gives an impression of the scale of the building.Are there any other renders around? I want to know how it looks compared to Scenes. Despite the design I think it will do a lot to reduce their impact.
Ha ha. Excellent! Just the way we like our developments!From Bob Dey
"Cooper & Co’s redevelopment of the former Oriental Markets site will now be dominated by parking, with ground-floor retail, some space for other businesses and the flexibility to convert some portions to apartments.
It's a shame - but the whole area East of Britomart shows what happens when you give the private sector a free hand to develop whatever they want with no controls or overall masterplan. It's turned into a complete mess and we have the Auckland Citizen's and Ratepayers to blame for their laissez faire attitude to the whole area.Ha ha. Excellent! Just the way we like our developments!
A parking lot on the waterfront is a fantastic idea. People will flock from around the world to be able to park their cars in this world class facility.
Apparently now it will look exactly like a carpark with only some light treatment at groundlevel for the gym entrance, everywhere else, along its 140m length and 5 story height it will look like and will simply be another carpark. Great.Have to agree, it's a total waste of a prime spot. Hope it at least does not look like a carpark.