University of Auckland – Vice Chancellors Office

Auckland, New Zealand

Greenstone Group was engaged by The University of Auckland to provide project management services to oversee the redevelopment of the University of Auckland’s category 1 heritage listed Clock Tower building which required seismic and structural strengthening, heritage restoration and a two level internal fit-out, to move the top management of the University into the preeminent location.

Greenstone Group managed the construction and completion phases while maintaining occupancy and use of the building. 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 buildings heritage features both externally and internally, which included demolition of an inter-building bridge, reinstatement of heritage fabrics and restoration of internal heritage features. Due to the nature of these heritage building aspects specialist contractors and craftsman were required to return the building to its heritage condition.

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.

Careful neighbor and stakeholder liaison and management was required of Greenstone Group for the dynamically used Clock Tower Building. Through close management Greenstone Group has carried the project to successful completion on a tight timeline through the challenges to work and access that come from the buildings tertiary use, as well as additional areas of scope being added throughout the project.

Greenstone Group provided management of the construction and hand-over phases of the project, and the design and construction of the additional scope variations. This included providing client liaison and interface services, closely managing neighbors and stakeholders, building consent management and contract management.