THE NATHAN BUILDING AND AUSTRALIS HOUSE, TWO OF BRITOMART’S MOST BEAUTIFUL HERITAGE BUILDINGS, WILL SOON BE TRANSFORMED AS PART OF ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS REFURBISHMENT PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN IN THE PRECINCT.
The Nathan Building (1903) and adjoining building Australis House (1904) are soon to be fully refurbished as part of the Britomart redevelopment programme, transforming them into luxury retail space and character offices for select tenants.
In recent times, both buildings have been cleaned out, with their ground floors being used on an interim basis as venues for hire. The Nathan Club will remain on the ground floor of the Nathan Building for the time being, while pop up shops for Citta Design and contemporary furniture boutique BoConcept will find temporary homes on the ground floor of Australis House in October 2013.
Once completed, the renovated Australis and Nathan Buildings will “be among the most luxurious heritage office and retail space in New Zealand” says Paul Dyson, office leasing director at Colliers International. As part of the refurbishment, their interior structures will be “seamlessly inter-connected to provide four large, 1000sqm floor plates spanning both buildings.”
Australis House and the Nathan Building are both Historic Places Trust Registered, and the planned transformation of two of Britomart’s most beautiful character buildings, on the edge of Takutai Square, will represent one of the biggest commercial heritage refurbishment projects ever undertaken in the precinct.
The interiors of both buildings will be “carefully restored under the watch of architects in order to preserve and enhance their beautiful historic features” says Paul, with the development’s upper floors enjoying spectacular views out over Takutai Square and to the Waitemata Harbour beyond.
Several key interior features of Australis House and the Nathan Building will be faithfully preserved and restored. Their interiors stripped back to empty shells; with the original rough-saw timber ceiling beams and distinctive herringbone patterned bracing being retained as a highlight of the reimagined, loft-style space.
Original brickwork will also be stripped back to form striking character feature walls, and modern, high-spec amenities and services will be installed, including new sash windows, modern air conditioning, lifts and bathrooms.
The Australis and Nathan Buildings will be the first major release of property at Britomart since The Pavilions opened in late 2012, housing fashion and beauty tenants including Bobbi Brown, Juliette Hogan and Karen Walker as well as Hip Group eateries Ortolana, Milse and The Store.
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