Precinct Properties NZ Ltd outlined plans today for 21,000m² more office space in 2 new buildings in Wellington, taking the Bowen Campus beside Parliament to 4 buildings.
The company plans 2 new high performance buildings at 40 & 44 Bowen St, beside the Bowen State & Charles Fergusson buildings.
The 4 buildings will have a combined workforce of 5000.
Chief executive Scott Pritchard said today: “We’ve seen fantastic uptake in leasing from government agencies for the Bowen State & Charles Fergusson buildings, which are set for completion in quarter 4 2018 & quarter 3 2019, respectively, and are leased until 2037 & 2033.
Ewan Brown, director at the design firm, Wellington-based architects Tennent Brown, said providing an attractive & lively work environment would have a positive impact on productivity, staff retention & businesses’ ability to attract talent.
“40 and 44 Bowen St have been designed to cater to the demands of the modern workforce. Large, open floorplates allow tenants to tailor their fitouts to their needs and floor-to-ceiling glass, with ceiling heights of 2.95m, maximises natural light & views.”
Mr Pritchard said Precinct had seen demand for flexible workspace increase across its portfolios: “Flexible design allows businesses to quickly adapt & change. We’ve seen growing demand for businesses looking to implement agile working strategies, and we believe the layout for 40 & 44 Bowen St reflects & will accommodate this demand.”
New earthquake protection
He said the design had a number of features to minimise earthquake damage, and these would be the first new-builds in Wellington to employ ‘fluid viscous dampers’ in the structural frame. The dampers dissipate seismic energy to protect the building & fitout and prevent the accumulation of damage over time.
Structural engineers, Dunning Thornton, worked alongside Tennent Brown to deliver this seismic technology, to enable business resilience for the buildings’ tenants.
Dunning Thornton director Alistair Cattanach said: “In addition to resilient steel framing, the viscous dampers will increase the buildings’ performance significantly in a seismic event. The technology applied to these buildings will allow the structures to absorb seismic activity, meaning tenants are able to reoccupy the building shortly after the initial event and continue operating, even during the period of subsequent aftershocks.”
Attribution: Company release.