Built in 1917, this heritage listed building occupies one of the most prominent corner sites in Hamilton’s central city. External work included reskinning the upper floor façade with an additional layer of plaster to conceal all exposed bolt heads. Visible air conditioning units were removed, windows reconditioned and carefully repainted. Further earthquake strengthening was undertaken to achieve an NBS of 90%. A more generous entry to the upper floor was then created to provide direct access to Ward Street.
"Built in 1917, this heritage-listed building occupies a prominent corner site in Hamilton's CBD, and illustrates how adaptive reuse and flexible spatial planning can both breathe new life into the city centre and provide for future flexibility in years to come.
The restoration process, which involved stripping back layers of previous 'cutouts' to reveal the building's authentic fabric, is especially evident in the exposed first-floor ceiling and decluttered and restored exterior facade. Generosity to the public realm is evident in the ground floor's faceted-glass wall, which adds interest to passersby while also acknowledging the rhythm of the windows above."
- NZIA Waikato / Bay of Plenty Jury
At street level new faceted glazing was introduced to provide a rhythm that references the proportions of the existing upper floor window fenestration. The differing reflections displayed by the faceted glazing provide a subtle, yet dynamic, form of relief to the new retail frontage. At the junction of each glazed panel, ten-millimetre brass plates are carefully inserted to present a fine profile reminiscent to that of the existing steel windows found on the upper floor.