Urban Legacy & Partners Ltd (Haydn & Mark Staples) said at the weekend it would lodge its application this week for a notified consent hearing on its proposal to redevelop half of the central block across Tamaki Drive from Mission Bay beach with a $200 million scheme.
Image above: The Tamaki Drive-Patteson Avenue corner of the proposed redevelopment.
The Staples family, through earlier companies Retail Holdings Ltd & Urban Partners Ltd, has owned much of the block for 3 decades and has contemplated several major transformations, but this is the biggest & most comprehensive.
The scheme to replace existing buildings contains 7 new buildings with a range of heights, materials & colours and provides sightlines across the site and pedestrian laneways through it.
The Mission Bay proposal:
- The site covers about half a block – 75-79, 81-87 & 89-97 Tamaki Drive, 6-12 & 14 Patteson Avenue and 26, 28 & 30 Marau Crescent
- zoned business local centre under the unitary plan
- a mix of commercial (retail and food & beverage), entertainment (cinemas) & residential
- gross floor area of 35,095m²
- 2920m² of food & beverage
- new cinema complex (up to 5 cinemas on 2 levels) that accounts for 955m²
- up to 100 apartments
- up to 265 basement & ground-level parking spaces
- The design “references” elements of the art deco flavour of Mission Bay
- The architects are the Buchan Group
Urban Partners said it was in the process of consulting with tenants after 18 months of spatial testing of the site’s opportunities & constraints, including 3 sessions with the council’s independent & non-statutory urban design panel.
Gradual rise from 3 to 8 storeys
Project manager Doug Osborne said the 3 levels of townhouses proposed for 3 lots on Marau Crescent deferred to the residential zoning on the other side of the crescent “with a lower height & sensitive integration with the surrounding neighbourhood”.
Building heights would gradually increase along Patteson Avenue & Tamaki Drive, culminating with an 8-level building on the corner of Tamaki Drive & Patteson Avenue.
The company has owned a large part of Mission Bay’s commercial area for many years and, I wrote in 2014, was still investigating development options.
One project where it achieved more rapid action was in the development of a $60 million data centre at Takanini for Spark Digital Ltd. Retail Holdings funded, designed, managed & constructed the centre, which opened in October 2014.
Also at Takanini, the company built the Southgate bulk retail centre, sold to Augusta Capital Ltd in 2014 for syndication.
The company has acquired assets at Waiwera over a number of years with a vision of creating a wellness destination that has a mix of complementary attractions & accommodation.
Retail Holdings was the brainchild of brothers Haydn & Mark Staples, who ran a retail business in the 1970s and began acquiring premises they were operating out of.
3 May 2015: Augusta settles Southgate purchase with 36% of syndication unsold
26 December 2014: Augusta to syndicate Southgate at Takanini
12 December 2014: Retail Holdings rebrands as Urban Partners
15 February 2010: Drive Holdings faces new council opposition to Mission Bay project
17 April 2009: Panel tells council planners to stop playing internal politics with consent applications
27 March 2009: Commissioners weigh up rules on right to demolish Mission Bay shops
16 March 2009: Mission Bay project hinges on question over permission to demolish
16 August 2002: Update: OK for bar in Mission Bay restaurant
Attribution: Company release & websites.