Apr 15 2015

A 90 year old character building in Wynyard Quarter has been given a new lease on life with refurbishment works being completed this week.

The Lysaght building on the corner of Pakenham Street West and Halsey Street was built in the 1920s and it derives its name from the original tenant in the space, the John Lysaght steel company. 

The building with its classical façade was one of five buildings deemed to have character value in the Wynyard Quarter provisions of the Auckland District Plan and early last year work began on its transformation into a new working space as part of an innovation precinct for the area. 

The sensitive refurbishment at a cost of $6 million, has allowed the retention of much of the structure and many of the defining features of the building, while simultaneously upgrading it to fully comply with earthquake standards. 

Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the building’s transformation includes the addition of a new mezzanine floor, a new moveable façade on the buildings northern face and the liberal use of glass to ensure visibility of the buildings character details. 

Project Director, Daniel Khong from Waterfront Auckland, the building’s owner and master planner for the area, says it’s great to be involved in breathing new life into the space. 

“From the rustic masonry to the worn beams in the building’s roof, the Lysaght building has immense charm and it’s great to be able to honour that with this refurbishment.” 

“The building is a key part of the fabric of the area with its prominent corner site and it’s only appropriate it lives on as a thriving work space for creative and innovative businesses.”  

Mr Khong says the intent with the project was for Waterfront Auckland to take a lead role in showing how restoration could be done sympathetically and with environmental aspects in mind to achieve a 5-star Greenstar rating.  

Sustainable features include louvres and sliding doors for natural ventilation, an energy monitoring system and a waste sorting room. 

With the main refurbishment of the building now complete, the internal fit out of the 1,800 m2 space is set to begin next month managed by the leaseholder, Auckland tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED). 

Tenants are expected to move in by September when the building becomes a cornerstone space for the Grid – the Wynyard Quarter innovation precinct.

Key Facts 

• Lysaght Building – 120 Halsey Street, corner of Pakenham Street West and Halsey Street
• A 45 metre long lane will also run along the northern face of the building offering views through to Viaduct Harbour, and will include a raingarden for stormwater treatment.
• Being a public easement the lane will be open at all times and is the start of the bigger laneway network for the area
• Building and land currently owned by Waterfront Auckland 
• Consultants and Contractors List o Warren & Mahoney – Architects o Canam – Lead contractor o MPM Projects – Project Management  o Aurecon – Building Services o WT Partnership – Quantity Surveyors

For further information refer to Design Statement for the project by architects, Warren and Mahoney