Nov 02 2015

A large character warehouse on Pakenham Street is about to become an ultra-modern office space.

Known to many as the Southern Spars building, the warehouse dates back to the 1920s when it was home to Mason Bros Engineering Co. Ltd, an engineering and ship building firm.

Construction starts in November of the Precinct Properties lead upgrade, which will convert the building into a three level office space with café on the ground level.

The upgrade, designed by Warren and Mahoney celebrates the rich industrial heritage of the building, retaining the existing structure and building fabric where possible. With the building’s renewal Warren and Mahoney are aiming to push the boundaries of what is expected in a contemporary workplace and innovation environment.

Pushing the boundaries and innovation is familiar to this building. From here, the Mason brothers, Harold and Percy grew their company to one of the largest engineering firms in the country through the middle of the 20th century.  In 1961 Mason Brothers set a New Zealand record in ship building with the 627-ton Stewart Island ferry Wairua.

With this rich history it’s fitting that Precinct Properties reinstate the name ‘Mason Bros’ in development and marketing of the project.