The development site comprises three legal titles, featuring a mix of six commercial structures and one residential building. Although all of the buildings on the site were constructed between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the built forms - except for the Stellin Building - underwent significant modifications in the mid-20th century. These changes were partly driven by the Petone Street Realignment Project, which required the relocation of two of the buildings.
The project team initially explored the possibility of retaining and redeveloping the existing structures. However, they ultimately concluded that most, if not all, of the historical value of the buildings had been lost and that the extent of the required redevelopment work to comply with the NZBC would be impractical and commercially unviable. Therefore, a decision was made to construct a new building that would contribute positively to the character of Jackson Street.
The masterplan strategy for the site, as well as the overall architectural language, was heavily influenced by the history and context of the site. To achieve this, the design team drew inspiration from the proportions, fenestration, and façade rhythm of the original historical buildings. For example, the team emphasized the horizontal language by utilizing material massing and negative detailing, which was informed by the historical cornice and decorative lines found on one of the original buildings.
The proposed design is a three-level structure which includes five retail units and six apartments on the ground floor. On the first floor, there are fourteen apartments, and on the second floor, there are eleven apartments, bringing the total number of units to thirty-six. The apartments are a combination of studio and one- and two-bedroom units. Furthermore, several of the units have been designed to provide dual key options.
We’ve had a great experience working with Voxell so far, their design flair, the people and the personal service are the things that really set them apart. I’m excited about designing something really special with Voxell, that will be part of our legacy. The team at Voxell are good with communication, we’ve got direct access to the Partners and love that we can have valuable face to face meetings as often as we need. The team might be young, but they quality so far has been solid, they’re an aspirational bunch and the buzz in the office is nice too! We’re looking forward to working on projects with the team in the future.
Kevin Melville, Property Developer
Through a robust and considered design process, the developer’s vision to design a fit-for-purpose mixed-use development for the Jackson Street Precent came to life.