Chews Lane

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Location: Wellington

Completed: 2009

Mixed use

The redevelopment of the pedestrian-only Chews Lane is at the heart of a inner city precinct comprising heritage and modern buildings with shops, cafes and bars at ground level and offices and apartments above.

The project involved seismic upgrades to five heritage buildings, one façade retention and the development of three new six-storey buildings, two of which are topped by a 12-storey apartment block. In addition to all the normal structural engineering requirements, we provided dynamic wind analysis for the apartment tower and advice on the many complex heritage and urban development issues involved. This was a big project with multi-faceted planning and phasing, as the new buildings went up, over and around buildings occupied at ground level during the entire construction period.

Client: Willis Bond & Co
Architect: Athfield Architects
Contractor: LT McGuinness