After an extensive refurbishment and strengthening programme, Erskine Chapel is now open for bookings.


Our (long) track record + awards.

With 30+ years behind us, there are simply too many projects to list. When walking around Wellington city, look up. Whatever you see there is a good chance we've developed it, managed it or sold it. And that's not even taking into account our residential projects.  Below is a taster of what we've been up to lately, plus some of our greatest hits from the past.

We've also included some honourable mentions from our trophy cabinet, but our biggest wins are creating high quality communities, both residential and commercial: that's a track record that really counts. 


2023

Awatea Escape (Kapiti Coast).

38 section greenfield development, final houses being completed now.

Erskine Chapel (Island Bay, Wellington). 

$7million heritage restoration + seismic strengthening. Now welcoming bookings

126LQ (Wellington).

9 levels of re-imagined office and retail space in an architectural icon, right in the middle of Wellington’s Lambton Quay. Currently leasing

The Clearing (North Canterbury).

123 section greenfield development. Construction underway. Titles to be settled Dec 23

Factory Road (Belfast, Christchurch).

39 lot industrial subdivision, selling now

ARO (Wellington).

61 terrace townhouses. Stage 1 complete, stages 2 and 3 nearing completion. Limited opportunities remain. A partnership project with Taranaki Whānui Ltd. 

Edisons (Wellington).

10 boutique heritage apartments. Refit + seismic upgrade. Construction complete, limited opportunities remain

2022

Hauwai (Wellington):

93-unit residential + retail. Wellington's first KiwiBuild project.  A partnership project with Taranaki Whānui Ltd. 

Laings Road (Lower Hutt):

32 apartments. Heritage refit + seismic upgrade.

HSQ (Lower Hutt):

29 low-rise residential and retail units in a courtyard setting within Lower Hutt’s CBD. Record sales event for Lower Hutt. 

Stage 1 Te Puna Wai papakāinga (Lower Hutt):

19 affordable homes + 11 Kaumatua homes.

Erskine (Wellington):

97 units residential units

2021

Te Kainga Aroha (Wellington):

The first of our inner city affordable rental projects is delivered. We have since gone onto develop two more buildings, with more in progress. Read more

2020

The Madras (Christchurch):

New build 22-unit residential.

2019

Paetutu (Wellington):

56 terraced houses with iwi partnership.

Greatest Hits.

Conservation House

The Department of Conservation wanted an environmentally friendly building - one which would testify to its commitment to the value of conservation. Conservation House won the Sustainable Building Award at the 2006 Govt3 Awards for its new offices in the former Hoyts movie theatre complex on Manners Street in central Wellington. At the time, it was recognised as one of the most environmentally- friendly office buildings in New Zealand.

We sought to recreate, rather than recycle, a disused cinema complex, turning it into an enhanced state-of-the-art ‘green’ building. It utilises the most advanced sustainable ventilation and energy-saving strategies, such as replacing conventional air conditioning high highly efficient, noiseless, active chilled beams- the first such use in Australasia.

Sustainability was paramount, even during construction, when waste was sorted on site and minimised.

DESIGN FEATURES IN BRIEF: 

  • Active chilled beam air conditioning system.

  • Centralised atrium providing natural light and air flow.

  • Rainwater collection and recirculation to water plants and flush toilets.

  • Double-layer glass façade to allow natural air-flow, air conditioning or mixed-mode operation.

  • Daylight dimming and motion sensors combine to give an energy-efficient lighting system.

  • Sustainable internal fittings, including Ontera carpet tiles for easy replacement of individual tiles as needed.

  • Heat pump water system

  • PVC-free roller blinds.

  • Low VOC formaldehyde materials.

AWARDS: 

  • NZIA Resene Supreme New Zealand Award 2008

  • NZIA Resene New Zealand Award 2008

  • Wellington Civic Trust Award 2008

  • NZIA Resene Local Award 2007

  • NZIA Resene Colour Award 2007

  • Property Council of NZ Commercial Office Energy Efficiency Award 2007

  • Ministry for the Environment Environmentally Sustainable Design Award 2006

  • Globally ranked 9th by Grist for green buildings. 

Spark Central

Acquired in 1999 for $10M, $100M was then spent on a five-star green design rating, with the finished project including refurbished heritage building and a new 11-storey office tower that attracted a rateable value of $188m just before it was sold for a Wellington record price, just shy of $200m. 

Spark Central is a 14 storey 35,000m² (including 75 car parks) commercial office building built on a 3660m² site in central Wellington and designed to a 5 NZGBC Green Star rating for design. The building was completed in December 2011, and features two office towers, one on Willis and one on Boulcott streets, joined with a north-south orientated atrium. The Willis building comprises the reinforced structural frame of an existing 1980’s office building (the Airways Building) which has been added to and extended, and also incorporates the majority of the heritage listed Tisdalls Building including the façade and historic internal stairway.

Retail tenancies are accessible directly off Willis and Boulcott streets, with an internal pedestrian link through the building connecting both city thoroughfares.

The building includes the use of coloured anodized aluminium screens which provide both sun screening to the north and a strong visual element to the north and south façades generally. These screens appear as a solid gold coloured element when viewed obliquely and almost transparent when viewed from straight ahead. This adds a very dynamic quality to these boundary façades.

The glazed façades to the east and west comprise a unitized curtain wall glazing system spanning floor to floor. This is either vertical or sloping inwards or outwards, articulated as a series of vertical glass ribbons. The glazing, although providing significant visual and thermal performance, is highly transparent, offering a clear view of activities within the building when viewed by passersby.

The other major architectural feature is the central atrium, which is open to office floors with either a glazed balustrade or full height glass (in the case of non Spark tenants). This space provides dramatic spatial drama, but is narrow enough to maintain significant visual connection between floors, allowing natural light to filter into the office floors and offer views to the north and south.

The perception of space and height in the open plan office areas has been greatly enhanced by eliminating the need for suspended ceilings, exposing the considered set out of the integrated chilled beam HVAC system.

The building accommodates 1800 Wellington based Spark staff in 80% of the available office space. The large floor plates of 2500 - 2800m² at levels 7 to 11 have allowed Spark to realise significant accommodation efficiency gains.

In addition the building also offers quality office accommodation for smaller organizations on commercial office floors of approximately 1150m.

AWARDS: 

  • NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award 2013 – Commercial Architecture

  • NZIA Wellington Architecture Award 2012 – Commercial Architecture

  • Property Council NZ Commercial Office Property Industry Merit Award

Hannah's Laneway

Inspired by the laneways of Melbourne, Hannah's Laneway was the first mixed-use commercial/residential laneway development for Wellington.  Our redevelopment of much of the block created 174 apartments, 18 shops and two offices and, according to a 2004 Business and Economic Research Ltd report, helped revitalise the area by increasing its population seven-fold in a decade.  It is now known as a destination foodie street, with global write-ups for tourism. 


Our Awards. 

We’re not in this for the gold stars, but sometimes recognition is a lovely thing. Especially when it recognises a huge amount of work, an exceptional building, introduction of a new property model, or a very worthy organisation. Here’s a few from our trophy cabinet:

2023

NZIA Multi Unit Residential Award for Erskine Island Bay. 

2022

NZ Mahi Awards for our work with Wellington City Mission.

2021

Paetutu Petone: finalist in the Designer’s Institute of New Zealand Best Awards.

2020

NZIA Award for Paetutu Petone - multi-unit residential

2017

Wellington Gold Awards: Ian Cassels - Tribute to a Wellington Icon Award.

2011

Telecom Central (now Spark) is Awarded a 5 Green Star NZ - Office Design V1 Certified Rating Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating scheme that evaluates the environmental attributes and performance of New Zealand’s buildings using a suit of rating tool kits developed to be applicable to each building type and function.

2010

President’s Award New Zealand Institute of Architects Inc-recognition of a significant contribution to the NZ Institute of Architects, credited with fuelling the rapid growth of Wellington CBD’s residential population and having been responsible for some of the city’s best commercial endeavours including Conservation House.

2009

The Ath Cup, NZIA Wellington Branch Te Tohu o te Upoko o te Ika a Maui-recognition for promoting Wellington through architecture.

2007

Conservation House: PCNZ Property Awards. Commercial Office Energy Efficiency Award. Recognition for the revitalization of a disused cinema complex in the heart of Wellington CBD, into NZ’s first equivalent of a 5 star rated Green Star Building Rider Levett Bucknall Property Awards Recognizing achievements in Property Development and Investment The Ministry for the Environment EECA Energy Efficient Property Award. The GIB Commercial Office Property Award of Excellence Govt 3 Awards Recognising central government agencies efforts to become more sustainable. Ranked 9th on the Grist global ranking for top green buildings. Property Council of NZ 2007.

Wellington Region Gold Awards Finalist in Two Categories Supporting Gold Supporting the economic contribution of the professional services sector and infrastructure providers Green Gold Award Paying special tribute to those businesses with positive sustainable practices and programmes.


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