Makeover proposed for mall

The proposed redevelopment of the rear of Harvest Court Mall in Great King St, Dunedin. Graphic by Baker Garden Architect.
The proposed redevelopment of the rear of Harvest Court Mall in Great King St, Dunedin. Graphic by Baker Garden Architect.

A major redevelopment of the rear of the Harvest Court Mall in Dunedin could start as early as next March.

Marca Investments Ltd this month released a plan for the site that involved restoring the building frontage in Great King St and adding a modern office development.

Company spokesman Carl Angus said the existing building would be earthquake strengthened and the Great King St facade would be restored to 100% of the building code.

A two-level extension designed by Baker Garden Architecture would be added, modernising the building to "create a very energy-efficient office and retail complex", he said.

"The building has been designed in such a way that it can be divided to suit most office tenants' requirements and will include outdoor deck areas."

He would not comment on the cost of the project.

The development would begin at the end of the existing mall and the car parks and driveway alongside the building would remain.

It had been a challenge to create "A grade" office space with plenty of car parks, at below market rent levels, he said.

"By retaining the existing building and adding a contemporary addition to it, we have been able to achieve that goal."

"He hoped the new building would be attractive to tenants at present in "inefficient earthquake-prone buildings".

The project still had to get resource consent. Previous development proposals for the site, which included removing the old building, had received consent.

rebecca.fox@odt.co.nz

Restored?

It's great Marca Investments Ltd plans to retain the old building within redevelopment of the property. The graphic supplied indicates existing brick panels between the piers will be replaced by large glazing panels - this isn't restoration so much as adaptive reuse, involving removal of fabric and replacement with new componentry.
There follows a statement attributed to Carl Angus that the "Great King St facade will be restored to 100% of the building code". We tend to say the facade "will be brought up to 100% of code", meaning building performance will be enhanced - this isn't 'restoration'.
I wonder if the building as a whole will come up to 100% of code (not just the facade), as other investors in the city are achieving for structural upgrade of their properties. There's some stunning work being undertaken in Dunedin for retention of historic heritage and provision of upmarket leasing space. I welcome this project in Great King Street.

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