The goal 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. 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.
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 interbuilding bridge, reinstatement of heritage fabrics and restoration of internal heritage features.
Careful stakeholder liaison and management was required for this project. Through careful and collaborative management we completed the project within a tight timeline. The building has kept its heritage character and also met its new required functionality. Throughout the project careful consideration was given to the long term future of the building, ensuring it maintains its pride of place within the university for many years to come.