University of Auckland – Vice Chancellors Office

Auckland, New Zealand


IDEAS

The vision for this project was to redevelop the University of Auckland’s category 1 heritage listed Clock Tower building keeping the heritage character of the building.

We understood that the building required seismic and structural strengthening, heritage restoration, and a two-level internal fit-out, to move the top management of the University into a preeminent location.

TRANSFORMATION

The challenge of managing construction within an occupied historic heritage building was made more complex by the building being used periodically for large-scale tertiary examinations. The building is also home to the Universities Disability Services, a relationship that required careful coordination and management to ensure minimum disruption to services and strict access requirements.

One of the goals of the project was to restore the building’s heritage features both externally and internally, which included demolition of an inter-building bridge, reinstatement of heritage fabrics and restoration of internal heritage features.

REALITY

Careful stakeholder liaison and management was required for this project. Through close management, we carried the project to successful completion on a tight timeline.  The building has kept its heritage character and met the functionality that was needed.  Throughout the project careful consideration was given to the future lifespan of the building, ensuring it will remain in pride of place for the University for many years to come.