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WELLINGTON: City Development (Part 1)

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Covering all new developments/ and projects under construction in the Capital City of Wellington. Will update when needed.

Bolton Apartments, 20 levels.

Status- nearing completion externally

Museum Apartments, 10 levels

Status- under construction

Holiday Inn Hotel-Apartment Tower, 14 levels

Status- approved. I was in Wellington a week or so ago, and walked past the site, there was a large billboard up advertising the project, so all looks set to go.

There is a proposed 12 level mulit-use tower opposite the Duxton Hotel on Jervois Quay corner, subject to a resource consent.

There are 2 new Government Ministry buildings, one under construction for the Ministry for the Environment (10 levels), and one about to be built for the Ministry of Defence, 10 levels also.
Both are in the Thorndon area, adjacent to the CBD/Parliament.

Also, the Wellington City Council has recently taken in development proposals for a sizeable site in the CBD, known as "Chews Lane", which has variying height restrrictions, but can go up to 90m on one part. Nothing has yet been decided, but it will contain a mix of retail. apartments and office.

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Well thats an urban myth my friend, no such skyline exists in Lower Hutt, just a couple of small office blocks, 6-7 levels.

Palmerston North, which is not far from wellington (less than 2 hrs), on the other hand does have a skyline, with 3 towers up to 12/13 levels, and a number of 7-10 level buildings, which are grouped around 'The Square', which reinforces the effect of a skyline.
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New 15 level apartment development- 'The Argus'
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Cheers for posting that Tom, I saw it in the NBR yesterday too, but didn't have time to post it.
Great news though- More scrapers and density for the Capital!! And even better cause I can keep project updates as Wellington isn't very far from Palmy!
Design looks alright. :carrot: More glass= class :carrot:
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Hey Marky Mark, just in case Atkinson1 hasn't seen this post yet, I can let you know what it is.
The building is the HP Towr, with the HSBC Tower behind is, making it look like one building. The HP Tower has the bronze coloured reflective glass! It's a nice one! :cheers:
Love those pics Tom, and love Lambton Quay- surely NZ's top CBD mainstreet!
BruceAlmighty said:
No offence to the Aklers here, but the Wellington CBD at street level really shits all over Auckland.
And i'd totally agree with that- although the Ak city council has put into action a cbd streetscapes renewal programme that should make the 'shitting over' less of a shitting, lol
Well I mean it came down ot either him your someone less well known. Maybe you could do it Tom?!
atkinson1 said:

SOURCE: The National Business Review - August 27 2004
I have noticed by way of reading the Dominion-Post, that there have been several letters from Wellingtonians in protest at this project, mainly because of the demolition of the present historical building that is onsite- including one critical letter that discredited the design and such. While I am all for preserving brilliant examples of past architecture; most of the people who write such letters are those who wish to protect almost every historical piece of architecture- crazy, lol, and this particular building isn't that brilliant at all.
Its true what they say though, you have to know where you've come from, in order to understand where your going.
Personally I think the design is great, not spectacular, but great considering it is only 18 levels, in a city where the highest is 29!
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Hey MoxPearl, good to have a Wellingtonian on board the forums!
No probs man. Hey MoxPearl, do u think u would be able at some stage in the future, give us update pics of that 18 level office tower when its under construction? I don't know if you checked out the rest of the forums, but some of us like to keep up with construction progress, lol. I dunno if you can? u got a camera? I can make it to Wellington sometimes, being in Palmy and 2 hrs from Wellington and all.
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No, no, thats definitely a new one! lol. I had never heard of it till now. Looks about 14 levels in the renders they show. The design looks fab! It must be about to begin or have begun, im not exactly sure.
There is a cool 10 level development on Cable St, on the waterfront, called 'Portal' which I just found out about also. Wow, it seems Wellington is booming too.
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Haven't heard of that one either?
Thanks for your input CaptP. Sounds like alots happening! I'd heard about that Chews Lane development, but i'd say nothing will happen on site for a while yet- esp. with that new 18 Level Office tower being built now.
They are also planning to build a Hilton Hotel on the waterfront, much like Auckland's, on a wharf-
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Here's the full story about that Chews Lane development, looks like it might only go to 60 or so metres..

from Wellington City COuncil website,
$12.5 Million Deal Struck on Sale of Chews Lane

Wellington City Council today announced the $12.5 million sale of the Chews Lane precinct by way of a 250 year lease. The precinct comprises commercial buildings between Victoria and Willis Streets intersected by Chews Lane, to Willis Bond & Co Ltd.

Deputy Mayor Alick Shaw says the sale is a brilliant result that the city can be very proud of. "This is not just about money it's going to make that part of the city and the area around Civic Square more inviting, more exciting and much more lively.

"Given the constraints placed on the use of the site and our concerns about maintaining the heritage of the area and views, the sale price of $12.5 million is an extremely good result. Another important factor is that work on this site can start as soon as possible and is due to be completed within five years. We've all seen the consequences of crucial development sites left to languish for years.

"We've spent a lot of time on the sale process including extensive public consultation in 2003, but it has been important to get this right."

Features of the deal include:

a 250 year lease
$12.5 million sale price
exceeds heritage expectations outlined in the Urban Design Brief
provides a high level of confidence for the Council that the proposal will be successfully completed
is architecturally very exciting solution, adding new architectural creativity to the city
an interesting new building on Zeal site
the retention of all but one of the heritage buildings (37- 43 Willis Street)
retaining the Victoria Arcade link between Willis and Victoria Streets
architecturally treating the whole site as a single site, i.e. new apartment building spanning over a series of buildings
a maximum building height that is well within the 90 metre District Plan height limit for the site
90 apartments designed to suit a wide range of budgets
mixed-use development - retail/food, offices and apartments.
Mark McGuinness, a Director of Willis Bond & Co Ltd, has led the proposal team and the architect for the project is Ian Athfield.

Mr McGuinness says he is very excited by being given the opportunity to redevelop the site and can't wait to get on with it. "We are looking forward to working closely with the Council to achieve the best outcome on this site for the city."

Cr Shaw says that while the sale price of $12.5 million is less than the $15.4 million book value, this is because of the conditions put on the sale. "The lower price reflects the price of the conditions which included heritage preservation, the additional design constraints, leasehold and contractual conditions."

A valuation for the Council based on the Urban Design Brief conditions valued the properties at $12.7 million which is very close to the $12.5 million sale price.

Money received from the sale will be used to repay Council debt.

An important issue at the time of deciding the sale was the relocation of the community tenants in the building. At the time of the sale decision, eight community groups were leasing offices in the buildings from the Council.

Cr Shaw says the Council felt it was important to ease the transition to market rental for the community groups.

"These groups provide important services in the community and their central city location means they are accessible to all. In the past some of these groups have had their rent paid by the Council while others enjoyed rentals well below market rates. Now that we are selling the Chews Lane precinct these groups are being faced with market rentals.

"To help them with this transition we have helped them find alternative accommodation and are providing financial assistance."

Of the eight community groups that were based in the Chews Lane precinct the Council has relocated four of them into a privately owned building at 84 Willis Street.

The four groups are the Wellington Volunteer Centre, the Wellington Community Law Centre, the Wellington Mental Health Consumers Union and Vincent's Art Workshop.

Of the remaining tenants, final lease negotiations are underway for the Women's Centre relocation and the Council has agreed to assist Mokai Kaianga into a new residential property. PICACC have gone into recession and ALAY is in discussions with the Council on an ongoing basis.

Colliers International marketed the properties on Council's behalf.
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Yeah I know about that one, not sure about the other guys. Culwulla has got it up on It's in Thorndon (right next to cbd) and a nice design too! Hope you didn't mind me editing your post Marky Mark, but you had image tags around your webpage link, so it wasn't working, lol.
Construction Pics

The new 18 level Office Tower on Customhouse Quay, site pics>>

I think Fletcher Construction are the builders for this one, as they had a sign up.
The Museum Apartments>>
(its all steel!)

And the Bolton Apartments/ Hotel just before completion>>
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Hey Capt P,

Yeah I walked past it, expecting a similar tall development, but was disappointed to find it seems to be a small extension to an existing office building, maybe 5 levels or so. I think they need a tall crane because of site constraints.
Good news. I thought this one took awhile to start. Go Wellington!
I'll surely take pics of it when im in the Capital, will be interesting to see its progress, especially as it is just across the raod (basically) from the 18 level offic etower on Customhouse Quay.
Does anyone know if construction is proceeding on that new 18 level Customhouse Quay office tower?
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