2014-2015: Public Trust

Public Trust

Project ManagerStephen Cummings

Quantity Surveyor: Rob Shirer

Foreman: Mike Walsh, Phil Gray, Tony Smith

The Public Trust Building, located on the corner of Lambton Quay and Stout Street has required significant seismic upgrade work and is being upgraded into high quality modern office accommodation. Due for completion in late 2015 the building will house the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

Opened on the 9th of June in 1909, the building is described as Edwardian Baroque with significant exterior stone detailing. The building structure was based on a concrete encased steel I-beam frame. In addition to the 1983 structural strengthening McKee Fehl are undertaking an extensive structural upgrade to the building.

Registered as a Category 1 Heritage Building with the New Zealand Places Trust, McKee Fehl is working to honour the original heritage values of the building along with the requirements for an updated modern office building. The iconic exterior façade of the building is composed of Tonga Bay stone and is undergoing restoration in combination with the seismic upgrades to the building. The large timber framed windows, ground floor lobby, decorative plaster ceiling and spiral stair case will be incorporated into the refurbished building. The sloping slate roof, copper dome and dormer windows will be integrated into the redeveloped building and maintain its heritage values.