Telecom HQ taking shape
4:00AM Monday Jul 27, 2009
By Anne Gibson
A computer- assisted drawing of the new Telecom headquarters, which will consist of four buildings.A new home for 2500 Telecom staff is rising fast on a vast Auckland inner- city fringe site of almost 1ha.
The new four-building campus is being developed by private company Mansons TCLM on the site bounded by Victoria St West, Dock St and Hardinge St. It will provide space for staff from eight different Telecom sites around Auckland.
Behind street hoardings, four tower cranes are swinging on the site in the block between TVNZ and Victoria Park Markets directly opposite Les Mills.
Gary Young, Mansons' construction manager, said the site for the $250 million building was the largest single commercial job going on in Auckland, easily outstripping Cooper & Company's new East Building rising in the Britomart Precinct and being built by Hawkins Construction.
At 7800sq m, the Telecom site is just 2200sq m off being 1ha, making it the single biggest city office building platform in New Zealand, Young said.
Four buildings of about 30,000sq m now span the site and the Australian-manufactured double-glazed glass curtain wall cladding will soon be applied.
Mansons will retain ownership of the buildings and lease them to the single tenant on an initial 12-year term, a deal which Luke Manson said was the single largest leasing deal struck in New Zealand.
He does not see the family business, headed by his father Ted Manson, as retaining ownership throughout the entire 12-year lease term and cited the $113 million sale of the Manson-developed high-rise Lumley Centre on Shortland St to Deutsche Bank and the sale of two Quay Park buildings to HIH for $156 million as examples.
The seven-level Building A is on the northwest Dock St side of the site. Its neighbour is the eight-level Building B on the northern front on the Hardinge St or city side.
Behind them, both flanking Victoria St, is the six-level Building C on the western side and the seven-level Building D on the eastern or city side.
In between these buildings, a quadrangle has been created which is a central atrium area. Its most distinguishing feature is a large internal flight of stairs about 12m wide, under which the Telecom auditorium or theatre space is housed.
"We're referring to these as the Spanish Steps," Young said.
Telecom's head of corporate property, Jim Robb, said other less central locations were rejected because of staff preferences, public transport, the location of customers, partners and suppliers.
"We could have gone south or west or north and paid a lower rent. When when we did a massive demographic study on where our people live it became apparent there would be significant impact to lots of people if we went anywhere other than the city centre."
The opportunity to get this building near city transport hubs such as Britomart and the ferry terminals was a chance to get people out of their cars.
Telecom also actively rejected the prospect of one dedicated high-rise because, Robb said, vertical offices created vertical separation through their very nature.
Well not sure what you mean with "by Auckland's standards"...but, I will agree that actually this was one of the better buildings in this part of town. On the other side of the road is a collection of half demolished buildings functioning as carparks. Now that part of town is an embarrassment!Actually by Auckland's standards the before shot isn't *too* bad.
That's exactly what I meant. Nelson St. kind of area is vile. The NZ Post building was almost acceptable. Especially with Mr. KF's sympathetic twilight photography. :cheers:Well not sure what you mean with "by Auckland's standards"...but, I will agree that actually this was one of the better buildings in this part of town.
Plans for across the road were until recently a multi-storey carpark, but I am guessing the crisis put paid to them. Let's hope something a bit better gets built...That's exactly what I meant. Nelson St. kind of area is vile. The NZ Post building was almost acceptable. Especially with Mr. KF's sympathetic twilight photography. :cheers:
Anyway I guess I should have said "by this part of Auckland's standards".