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Private developments showcase sustainable design and confidence in the city centre’s future

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Friday 25 Feb 2022

New commercial and residential developments confirm long-term confidence in the city centre and will bring more people into the area. Many developments are showcasing the latest in sustainable architectural design.

More residents in the heart of the city will bring a range of benefits - more people to eat out, shop and be closer to their workplace - meaning that there will be an increase of 24/7 foot traffic which also brings wider safety benefits. The CAB, located at Aotea Square, will have 118 luxury freehold apartments and now has showrooms available for viewing, while The Pacifica’s 200 apartments are now being sold. Designed by Plus Architecture, it has been described by renowned Architect Guy Marriage as having a “flamboyant façade and innovative climbing formwork."

Commercial developments are responding to a demand from businesses for sustainable working environments. An increasing number of office interiors in the city centre are merging the latest technology with spaces that encourage wellbeing and calm. However, sustainable working environments begin at the planning stage, with developers looking to receive Green Star ratings by achieving best practice or above sustainable outcomes.

The Wynyard Quarter is home to an increasing number of Green-Star rated office spaces. The Wynyard Quarter innovation precinct is a partnership with Eke Panuku, Precinct Properties and Mansons TCLM being developed in three stages. Two of the stages are complete, with the remaining two commercial projects being worth $600 million.

Auckland City Mission Volunteers in their new kitchen at HomeGround

Finally, it is wonderful to see that after eleven years of planning, fundraising and construction, Auckland City Mission’s new HQ HomeGround is now open on the corners of both Hobson and Federal Streets. This is a wonderful development that will support addressing homelessness in our city.  HomeGround has 80 permanent apartments for people who are experiencing homelessness. They will also have access to a shared rooftop garden, residents’ lounge, community dining room, community spaces, a healthcare centre and a pharmacy and addiction withdrawal services (detox). Eventually, there will be food and drink outlets available too.

More information about Private Developments happening in the city centre is available here.

Updated 8 June 2022