In the 1960s Auckland 246 Queen Street was a proud nexus of architectural vision, forward-looking fashion retail and urban sophistication. Now, it stands ready to make its bold return as a revitalised mid city icon. A contemporary vision for the building from the owner Wilshire Group and architects Fearon Hay sees it once more becoming a sophisticated, design-led city building illuminated by the original central lightwell.
In their approach to redesigning and refurbishing 246 Queen Street, Fearon Hay will restore the building to its former glory as a mid city design icon. Strong sophisticated materials including terrazzo and glass feature alongside the raw concrete of the base structure.
“The aspiration of Sir Robert Kerridge’s original construction and often quoted memories of 246 Queen as the centrepiece of Auckland’s fashion industry are central to our inspiration. Understanding of this history together with unlocking the opportunity of the position between Queen Street and Lorne Street – especially with the proximity of Khartoum Place and the Gallery precinct, have driven the design,” said Jeff Fearon, co-founder and director at Fearon Hay.
Designed with a 100% NBS earthquake rating, the eight level building links Lorne Street and Queen Street, with double street frontages and elevator and escalator access between the two. One major retailer will occupy the level 1 Queen Street retail space and the active lobby, known as Strada, on level 2 will benefit from direct access from Lorne Street.
Strada will be the heart of the building, an open and collective space connecting Lorne and Queen Street and the upper levels acting as both the perfect meeting point and a pulsating thoroughfare through the building. Quality food and beverage offerings coupled with the cascading central light well highlight the buildings exquisite design in an area that will soon become a mid-city hub for casual lunches, dinners and drinks before shows and events, as well as the perfect spot to grab a working lunch.
The contemporary loft-style office spaces on levels 3 – 8 await the hustle and bustle of doing business in the centre of the city. Each level will be completely renovated, with central floor-to-ceiling glass flooding natural light into the space from the central light well. Each level will offer over 1,000sqm of premium office space, with a minimum 4.3m stud-height. Large, efficient floor plates have been designed with east and west facing windows, open plan layouts, exposed services and new bathroom facilities.
These commercial tenancies will suit the discerning standards of businesses looking to make a statement with their office environment.
A cardio room and end of trip facilities including showers, lockers and ample bike storage will also feature on level 1, encouraging a healthy lifestyle in the workplace.
Located in Auckland’s midtown, which is poised for revival with the opening of Aotea Station – the largest of the stations associated with the new City Rail Link development due to open in 2024, 246 Queen is perfectly located to service the increased volume of footfall and will offer exceptional commuter access to occupiers, situated just 250m from the Victoria Street entrance to the station. Downtown ferry, rail and bus links are also a 5 minute walk away.
International food, coffee, culture and more are all part of Queen Street’s mid city experience. Home to Auckland’s diverse and eclectic academic, arts and cultural icons – AUT, The University of Auckland, Otago University Auckland, Auckland Art Gallery, Aotea Square, Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, Civic Theatre and Auckland City Library, all of which are within a short walking distance of 246 Queen.
The renovation will transform this central Queen Street location into a new high quality landmark for the city.
Commercial leasing space will be available from January 2020. For more information visit http://246.co.nz/
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