2011-2014: 15 Stout St, $40m

15 Stout Street

Contract Manager: Stephen Cummings

Project Manager:  Matt Fraser, Ryan Smith, Will Broadmore

Site manager: Upega Laulu

Foremen: Mike Walsh, Luke Swainson, Todd Gilbert, Barry Martin

Quantity Surveyor: Rob Shirer

15 Stout Street is one of Wellington’s most iconic buildings. Constructed in the art moderne style, many Wellingtonians consider it a favourite, with bold granite cladding and curved bronze corner windows. As a Category 2 listed heritage building the project has ensure the survival and rejuvenation of a previously vacant building. The building has been completely transformed into a modern 5 Green Star office space with an integrated fit out for a single tenant, all new services and central plant, new core risers and toilets as well as additional lifts. A collaborative team approach was undertaken that allowed for clear communication across all parties and ensured a superior build.

At the outset in 2011, McKee Fehl partnered with Aurecon to develop an innovative seismic testing system which demonstrated that the structure was well within the excess of the current Code (180%NBS). As a New Zealand first, this onsite structural testing allowed the redevelopment work to proceed without the requirement for seismic strengthening. The existing building was complete striped back  to a bare shell including removal of all services and plant. The existing internal courtyard underwent significant structural demolition followed by the addition of a new structure creating an additional 3,000 square metres to the building’s gross floor area.

The glazed internal atrium is one of the key elements of the buildings composition, allowing visual connection between floors and offering sea views to the upper storeys. The atrium features acoustic panels made from damaged timber taken from the existing roof structure. The ground floor holds a variety of meeting and conference rooms along with a public cafe and is a key space for social and collaborative work.

McKee Fehl worked with the new building owners Argosy Property Ltd to create a superior office building. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment currently tenant the specifically adapted building. The project required a high level of communication with the government tenant to integrate their fit out requirements. The incoming tenant relocated from numerous buildings in the city, McKee Fehl were able to ensure the entire built proceeded as scheduled and ensured all programme milestones were met.

15 Stout Street is a Gold winner at the 2015 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards and is the recipient of the National Award in Restoration category. The project has also won a Local NZIA Architecture Award. The project was the category winner for the Green Building Award from the NZ Property Council. 15 Stout St was also the recipient of two Excellence awards in Commercial and Heritage and Adaptive Reuse categories.