The 52-level tower, inset, is due to go up on this CBD site, left vacant since the 1980s.
Plans for New Zealand's tallest
skyscaper, to rise in the heart of Auckland, have been
A $350 million 52-level 209m skyscraper has been announced
for a CBD site left vacant since the 1980s when Chase
Corporation demolished the Royal International Hotel.
Chinese developer New Development Group is to build the
tower, known now as NDG Auckland Centre, on the site of a
carpark and bungy jump bounded by Elliot St, Albert St and
Auckland Council has granted resource consent for the giant
which will only be dwarfed by the 328m Sky Tower. A building
consent is still pending.
Mayor Len Brown announced details of the tower to the Herald
this morning, saying it would be a huge transformation for
"Alongside the Sky Tower, this will be a world class
development for Auckland that will create hundreds of new
jobs, energise the CBD and boost Auckland's GDP, through a
more than $350 million investment by NDG," Brown said.
"It's also an example of the major commercial opportunities
created by the City Rail Link project. To date the private
sector has confirmed more than a billion dollars of new
investments along the proposed route, including Precinct
Properties' downtown retail and office development ($300m+)
the NZ International Convention Centre ($400m+) and Elliott
Towers ($350m+)," he said.
- by Anne Gibson