This 1940’s building was a very dilapidated commercial and living space at the top of Plimmer Steps in central Wellington.
The seismic strengthening and complete refurbishment has transformed the space into 11 highly specified apartments providing the best in central city living. The building had suffered extensive wear and tear in its history, having been converted several times to different uses and tenancies. The complete upgrade of both its interior and exterior has breathed new life into a prime piece of real estate and 86 Boulcott St now looks, feels and functions like a completely modern building.
The project has taken the building from 67% to 100% and refurbished the entire apartment complex. The whole complex was gutted with the demolition and removal of all windows, kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces. A STO plaster system was used to modernise the exterior cladding. A new roof and new PVC windows provide a warm, quiet and dry environment. This address once again provides modern, comfortable and convenient apartments for professionals working and living in the Wellington CBD.
Special Info / Challenges:
Given the central city location some of the challenges centred around its tight construction site. Being on a very busy road, both vehicular and foot traffic needed to be managed carefully. ADC were required to retain and restore the original concrete structure of the building although parts of the building were in a very poor state and beginning to collapse.
“We had complete confidence in Armstrong Downes Commercial’s ability to refurbish Book House to a high standard, and they have definitely delivered on this. As architects we rely on good contractors to successfully interpret the documents and turn our paper ideas into a built reality. We look forward to working with Simon, Tony, and the rest of the ADC team on the next successful project.”
Workspace Architects Ltd