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Iconic CBD building to be transformed into homes

Published: 21 September 2016

The Civic Administration Building in Aotea Square is to be restored and the surrounding area developed under a private sector proposal that will breathe life into a key part of Auckland’s city centre.

Panuku Development Auckland has chosen Tawera Group to restore the Category A heritage building after an international tender process.

What's planned?

Tawera’s Civic Quarter proposal features residential apartments in the upper floors, with food and beverage facilities on the ground floor of the existing building.

There will also be a new apartment building on the Mayoral Drive corner, a new boutique hotel on Mayoral Drive and a building featuring a Whare Tapere performance space fronting Aotea Square.

Catering for a growing city

Auckland Mayor Len Brown says Civic Quarter shows what is possible if we make the most of the opportunities we have with heritage buildings.

“With the population in the central city expected to double in the next 30 years, it’s essential we develop new accommodation options to make this a liveable city. This scheme is a fantastic way to achieve this.

“It’s all about making the most of the land and opportunities we have in a growing city.”

Celebrating history

The Civic Administration Building  holds a significant place in Auckland’s history, having been a seat of local government for almost 50 years.

It was designed by Tibor Donner in 1951 and constructed in 1966. At the time of its completion it was Auckland’s tallest building.

What's next?

The next steps in the development will be for Tawera to work through the resource and building consents, particularly in terms of the refurbishment works. 

Building is expected to start in mid-2017 and take three years.

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