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Westpac Building for CGML

the brief

Structural: To provide the architectural solutions to a seismic upgrade of the Westpac Building on Lambton Quay.

Base Build: The podium floors were vacated by the existing tenant. Whilst the strengthening enhancement works were being undertaken the floors, including the toilets, were completely refurbished.

Stair: In addition to the structural upgrade to the stairs we completed some fire and accessibility compliance works. These works were triggered by the building consent process.

the challenges

The biggest challenge revolved around working through a solution for replacing some external block work walls with a lightweight cladding. This wall had to be watertight, fire rated and durable. The challenge was that it had to be built from the inside only, whereas walls of this nature are normally built from the outside.


what we did

After researching the market we selected a building product that had the potential to meet the challenge requirements. With the building product supplier we worked through the buildability and detailing requirements of the building from the inside. This unique solution was presented to and accepted by the Wellington City Council and was constructed efficiently on-site.

the results

The outcome of the project was a building with an New Building Standard seismic rating of 100% and 6,000 sqm of refurbished office space on the market.

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