Naylor Love carried out the seismic strengthening of the former Whitcoulls Building on Lambton Quay in 2013.
The strengthening work involved first stripping out the old timber floors and cast iron columns, then placing new concrete foundations and floors, installing steel and concrete beams, and applying shotcrete to the walls. The original roof, Category 2 listed façade and brick boundary walls were retained and the interior space reconfigured to allow for two levels of retail space on the ground floor and first floor, and two levels of office space on the upper floors – one of which we fitted out as part of a separate project.
The project methodology and programming was a complex undertaking, and the site an extremely confined space on one of the busiest streets in the Wellington CBD, but the project was completed on time. This was a particularly impressive achievement given the challenges of a tight time-frame, record-breaking rainfall, archaeological remains clashing with the new foundations, and two major earthquakes, including one as final inspections were nearing completion.
The impeccable performance of the building through the earthquakes certainly validated the decision bring this beautiful old building up to current standard.
Client: Easy Park Ltd
Completed: December 2013
Awards: Restoration Project Category Silver Award, NZ Commercial Project Awards 2014