Skyscraper City Forum banner
801 - 820 of 1929 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
546 Posts
shocking!!! bulldoze the whole area! Although im not surprise, Auckland has been a sad story of bulldoze the old and beautiful (and classic) and build bullshit Zest - type apart which can only be described as vomit inducing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
583 Posts
Britomart Oriental Building gets underway

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.
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
195 Posts
same

total shame - quay st should be something special, instead its just one big mess with the ugly port on one side and a wierd collection of buildings on the other
the 2 new westpac buildings look totally out of proportion with the rest of the area

when are they going to knock down that ghastly seafarers building - that hotel cant come a moment too soon
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,630 Posts
Have to agree, it's a total waste of a prime spot. Hope it at least does not look like a carpark.
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,630 Posts
^^ 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?
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,630 Posts
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.
Old design but gives an impression of the scale of the building.



Current View


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.

Cooper and Co chief executive Matthew Cockram said last week the new parking elements would bring the most sophisticated parking service available to Auckland, including a valet parking service available to the general public as well as conventional parking: “The foyer of the building will be of a high standard with a full-time concierge. There will be lifts in the building as well as escalator services. There will be automatic photo-imaging from 6 directions to record the condition of all cars presented for valet parking, both when they arrive and when they leave, to provide reassurance to the owners.”

Work began last week on the new 6-level multi-use Britomart Oriental Building within the Britomart precinct, which will occupy a site bounded by Quay St, Britomart Place & Scene Lane. It will provide parking for tenants in the new & restored buildings in the Britomart precinct as well as the general public, replacing public carparks lost when the multi-level Britomart carpark at the south-eastern corner of the precinct was demolished a number of years ago.

It will also have 3000m² of space for street-level retail and spaces for other businesses.

Mr Cockram said a third of the 1250 parking spaces in the new building had been set aside for the public, with the remainder intended to service the new & restored buildings within the Britomart precinct just across the street, most of which have no parking.

“New public parking in this location will be convenient both for members of the public attending events at the nearby Vector Arena and for those coming down to the waterfront generally as the area becomes more developed. The building also has provision for a future pedestrian bridge over Quay St if that is seen as desirable in the future.”

The new building is expected to be completed early in 2011. It has been designed by Ignite Architects Ltd of Auckland, with input from Sydney architect Richard Johnston, who designed the 2 other brand-new buildings built or under construction in the Britomart precinct.

The construction contract has been let to Hawkins Construction Ltd, which is also building the Westpac on Takutai Square and Ernst & Young buildings on the opposite side of Britomart Place."
 

·
Just like Sister Ray said
Joined
·
1,374 Posts
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.
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.

Inspired...:eek:hno:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,630 Posts
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.

Inspired...:eek:hno:
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,630 Posts
Have to agree, it's a total waste of a prime spot. Hope it at least does not look like a carpark.
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.

The Scenes should have just extended their ghastly podium across to Quay street, at least then we'd have the same revolting design of carpark building the across the Oriental Markets site.
 
801 - 820 of 1929 Posts
Top