Heritage Restoration and Refurbishment

Heritage Restoration and Refurbishment

McKee Fehl has a long history in preserving pieces of Wellington’s history. We have comprehensive experience and knowledge of this area and have project staff with the skills necessary to integrate new systems with existing and heritage buildings.

Public Trust, 131-135 Lambton Quay

The Public Trust building is the only surviving building made of a true New Zealand granite- Pataruru ignimbrite. The building was completed in 1908 in the Edwardian baroque style and remains partly in its original style through the interior. The building is a registered Category 1 Heritage building with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. All the facades, light-wells and roofs remain largely as documented in the original design and construction. The main entrance interior and the curved stairwell will remain intact and have a heritage order of protection. This order also applies generally to the exterior of the building and existing main lobby.

There is a proposal for a restaurant on the ground floor. The upper floors are to be fitted out for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. The redevelopment of the building includes structural upgrades, maintenance and restoration of the exterior, internal fitout, new lift and replacement of existing services. The existing walls and floor structure will be tied to new concrete shear walls and concrete floor topping in order to significantly improve the structural integrity of the existing building shell. The exterior will be cleaned and mortar replaced where cracking has occurred in order to restore the original facade. In addition the windows will be repaired and painted in the original colour to preserve the original design.

15 Stout Street

15 Stout Street is a major redevelopment of a vacant heritage building into a versatile environmentally sensitive office building. McKee Fehl Constructors Ltd worked with building owner Argosy Property Ltd to hone a design that best utilised the existing building and has created an exceptional rejuvenation of a previously vacant category 2 listed heritage building.

The redevelopment process of the building has lead to innovative construction procedures along with adaptive reuse of existing materials and features of the building. The on site structural testing of the existing structure was a New Zealand first and opens the door for this process to be utilised across the country to assess New Zealand’s existing building stock.

The building is a heritage category 2 listed building. The design parameters and exterior aesthetic considerations were restricted under the project’s resource consent. Rather than see this as an obstacle the project team developed a design which would enhance and express the existing features and compositional structure to its full potential. The existing stonework to the exterior was conserved and the original bronze windows remain in place, both a testament to the original quality of fabrication and durability of materials.

The projects quality of design and construction has been enhanced by the incorporation of negative architectural detailing in the construction composition. This has allowed the design to highlight the composition of the existing building features along with the new technologies incorporated into the design. Aware that it is harder to a achieve a high quality finish with this type of assembly, McKee Fehl Constructors Ltd carefully monitored construction to ensure quality was not compromised. The project has managed to create a superior architectural construction that contrasts existing building elements with the new modern architectural features.

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.

Chartered Accountants House, 50 Customhouse Quay

This project transformed a 1936 building into a prestigious 21st century office block whilst maintaining the buildings heritage values. Chartered Accountants House, previously known as the Tower building, is registered as a Category 2 Heritage Building. Chartered Accountants House is the sister building to 15 Stout Street, possessing similar aesthetic qualities namely the facade and window detailing. The heritage protection order covers the facade, main foyer, windows, doors and wrought iron gates. These features have been carefully restored and maintained by McKee Fehl, and remain as prominent heritage features of the building.

The base building restoration by McKee Fehl began in 2006 which comprised of structural upgrades and works to the basement and carpark. Stage 2 of the project included the maintenance and repair of the existing facade and reconstruction of the main foyer to it’s original design. The main entrance lobbies and stairwells were also restored along with the windows and terrazzo sills. In 2015 the exterior canopy was returned to its original design with the removal of canopy around the main Customhouse Quay entrance foyer.

The project involved a complete restoration, fitout and services upgrade and redesign including tenancy fitouts for Chartered Accountants, Tower Corporation, DLA Phillips Fox and BDO Spicers. McKee Fehl are continuing to maintain the heritage aspects of the building and allow them to inform their integration with new internal fitouts.