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Grant Thornton House for Willis Bond & Co

Winner 2014 Excellence Award

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the brief

In a prime position on Lambton Quay, Grant Thornton House (formerly ANZ Building) needed a complete upgrade of the services, compliance and internal architecture to make it attractive for new tenants.

the challenges

This 30 year old building was formerly occupied by a single tenant so we had to 'separate' the floors to make them suitable for individual tenancies. The services and base infrastructure had been largely untouched since the building was constructed and consequently needed substantial work to bring it up to today's market expectations.


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what we did

Working with the building owner we have fully refurbished this tower block including innovations such as a self illuminating exit system in lieu of emergency lighting - this was a first for Wellington. We also provided marketing and base building integration assistance to the building owner in securing leases. Prospective tenants were offered flexibility in the base build so they could integrate their fitout and services into the base building works.

the results

When we started working on this project with Willis Bond the single tenant was moving out. Now Grant Thornton House is fully refurbished and repositioned in the market and will soon be 100% leased.

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more than great design

To us, architecture is about the entire process - from asking the right questions to getting the squeaky door fixed after move in day. We take our clients on a journey so they feel as if they are part of the solution.

All our architects are members of the NZIA. Each year all members undergo continuing professional development to ensure skills and practices are completely up-to-date with current industry standards. As 'hand-on' architects we are trained to promote ourselves as the single point of contact for your project. An NZIA registered architect, with more than 20 years experience, will guide you through all stages of the project.

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