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326 and 330 Lambton Quay

Winner NZSEE 2017 
Low Damage Design Award
Best Innovation Project


the brief

Located in Lambton Quay’s Golden Mile are 2 adjacent historic buildings that required seismic strengthening. We were engaged along with Dunning Thornton to seismically upgrade the buildings and to refurbish 330 Lambton Quay. 

the challenges

The challenge for this project was to provide an economic strengthening solution for buildings with small floor plates (hence limited leasing opportunities to finance the cost). The buildings have historic listings adding further constraints to the mix.

what we did

Rather than strengthen each building individually a far more economic solution was to structurally join the buildings together. This not only allowed both building owners to share the structural load and cost, but also made the solution easier by eliminating the ‘pounding effect’ of the buildings. No visible structural elements are visible from Lambton Quay.

the results

The project is completed, leasing well and the building performed well in the November 2016 earthquakes.

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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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