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Project: Bowen State Building and New Zealand Defence House Fitout, Wellington
This project involved the transformation of the Bowen State Building into modern offices. The redevelopment included an 8,500m2 extension to the building. New façades, new lifts and services were installed, and seismic strengthening was undertaken to 100% of National Building Standard. Extensive asbestos removal was required, together with a new, openplan fit-out. The discovery of asbestos, within the structure’s façade, was solved by an innovative technique developed by Chris Murray and Dion Russell. They developed a method that effectively sliced the asbestos off the ledges, thereby avoiding a significant critical delay.
The Kaikoura earthquake saw the original tenant replaced midway through the project with a new tenant, the NZ Defence Force, despite the original tenant’s design having been completed, consented, and construction of the fitout having commenced.
Chris and Dion overcame numerous challenges to complete the project to budget and to meet tenant occupation dates.
The judges noted that this was a complex strengthening job of an existing building before an extensive redevelopment into A-Grade offices. Early on, the brief changed to reflect a change of tenant, with Defence replacing MBIE. This required a new basement to be developed, one of many curveballs the project team had to deal with.