Cook Strait Properties
New Zealand Commercial Project Awards 2018 – Silver Award, Retail category
A technically complex mixed-use development in the heart of Wellington.
The Victoria Street development is a two-storey retail, commercial and hospitality development on a triangular site at the corner of Victoria and Manners Streets, right in the heart of Wellington city.
The project began with the meticulous demolition of an old post office building, which straddled the site boundaries and was adjacent to neighbouring brick buildings. We carefully managed public pedestrian and vehicle access through Lombard Street throughout both the demolition and build, with a busy café remaining open right on the site boundary.
The building has numerous tenancies, including twelve retail tenancies on the ground floor. The design specified a number of different slab heights, which made construction of this component time consuming and challenging, but cleverly utilised the existing contours of the site and street frontages.
Additionally, the project used various cladding systems, including the glass façade, brick, shiplap weatherboard and Espan metal cladding. Our team putting a lot of thought into achieving the many interfaces between the various materials.
The stunning new building, with its bold black and white colour scheme, has revitalised this high-profile corner of the city. We returned a few months later to redevelop the forgotten laneway behind Victoria Street.