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Datacom House for AWOF

the brief

After Telecom moved out of 68 Jervois Quay, AWOF asked us to modernise the building to provide 20,000m² of updated office space for their Wellington portfolio. The project involved integrating the base build refurbishment and a tenancy fitout for the new tenant Datacom. 

the challenges

The existing ceilings, services infrastructure and décor was all in need of replacement. Having passed a structural assessment, this building offered an opportunity to create a newly refurbished office space free of structural concerns. 

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what we did

After gaining resource consent we stripped the building back to its bare structure and coordinated a complete refurbishment of the HVAC, the sprinkler system and lighting. To increase the floor plate sizes we extended the Level 3 floor and constructed a new linking podium between the towers at Level 4 with a new curtain wall façade. This 230m² of new building connected the Level 4 towers together, opening up another 2200m² podium floor with floor to ceiling windows - its backdrop, the Wellington Waterfront. The new environment supports Datacom’s work pattern and encourages communication between the groups.

All the staff have positions around the harbour side, with rooms positioned to avoid blocking the view shafts in the hexagonal shaped building. The break out areas are positioned in the `waist’ of the building with bi-folding doors opening up across the workspace to the view.

the results

The refurbishment of 68 Jervois Quay has not only improved the safety and quality of the space to modern standards, but the refurbishment of the lobbies, bathrooms, decoration and roller blinds have made this a building with a bright future. Datacom have come together in one building - for 850 staff over 8 tower and 4 podium floors.


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