'Funky' revamped office building

By Colin Taylor

Tenants offered interiors featuring sharp, clean, industrial lines after building stripped back to bare bones.

Colour panels and opening windows are features of the Vincent St building, which gets plenty of natural light.
Colour panels and opening windows are features of the Vincent St building, which gets plenty of natural light.

Two levels of a revamped Auckland city office building that are described as "funky" and "streamlined high-tech" are being marketed for lease as the ideal workspace for companies of small to medium size.

"The owners of this building have excelled in their dedication to totally refurbish this 1980s building and to bring it up to date," says Jan Workman of Barfoot & Thompson Commercial, who is marketing the floors for lease.

"Especially appealing are the immediate cost savings with the low operating costs in not having the usual lift maintenance or building manager's fee charges," Workman says.

The suites for lease, Level One of 154sq m and Level Two of 165sq m have excellent natural light and a "calming outlook" to leafy Vincent St.

"Over and above the suites being funky, they afford smaller prospective tenants the chance to stamp their own profile within a stylish building that offers a great profile for their business image. Currently open plan, the available spaces have the capacity for meeting rooms to be created."

Neighbours include Auckland Police Station, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, Flight Centre, BSW Architects, Datacom and Esquires Cafe. It is also just a short stroll to Karangahape Rd with its numerous restaurants and other amenities.

Workman says Lindesay Construction had a vision on purchasing 125 Vincent St to retain the integrity of the building while modernising its design and functionality.

"William Lindesay, a registered architect working within this family company, has undertaken a number of significant projects in the UK and in New Zealand ranging from residential developments to large commercial projects in excess of $100 million.

"As master builders, Lindesay Construction accepted nothing less than excellence in the refurbishment and this is evidenced by the end result. The firm has located its own office on the top level of the building so prospective tenants can be sure everything was considered in implementing the upgrades and improvements to the building.

"What makes this building stand out from the crowd are its exterior colour panels and windows that open - providing beauty in design that is also practical and user friendly.

"The interior certainly won't disappoint with old dated interiors stripped back to the bare bones and now featuring sharp, clean, industrial lines throughout."

The quality finishes include polished concrete flooring, high ceilings pared back to base build and the installation of grid lighting on the floors. Each level is separately metered, has a monitored alarm system and there is some onsite secure covered parking along with metered street parking on both sides of Vincent St.

Other building improvements include rewiring, replumbing, a new roof, refurbished steel and aluminium joinery, each level being regibbed, the installation of modern air conditioning and data cabling; and the internal staircase being re-engineered to comply with seismic standards.

Additional special features are two internal tiled bathrooms with vanity units - one with a shower.

What's on offer

The property: Two office floors to rent
Where: 125 Vincent St, Auckland CBD
Agency: Barfoot & Thompson Commercial
* Building refurbished to excellent standard
* Streamlined "high-tech'' interior
* Designed for natural light
* Lower operating costs
* Owner located on site.

- NZ Herald

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