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Old Devonport Post Office Building

This 1938 stripped art deco style former public building in Devonport’s main street was given a fresh lease of life when the new owner orchestrated a change from its former use as a private museum towards a new stylish retail and office premises.

With the original part of the building scheduled as a Category II heritage building, Salmond Reed Architects’ involvement included conducting measured surveys, designing the modern retail spaces required for the building’s revitalisation, calling and evaluating tenders, procuring local council and NZ Historic Places Trust consents, liaison with client/owner and with contractor and specialist sub-contractors.

Work in the original single-storey building included refurbishment of original timber floors, steel windows and plastered ceilings.The

preservation of these heritage elements was balanced against the modern elements introduced - glazed retail tenancy partitions and modern lighting.

The rear of building was a substantially constructed concrete addition dating from 1992. Into this double-storey space ground floor retail tenancies and spacious first floor offices were introduced – all centred round a new full height glazed atrium with solid hardwood timber and glass circulation stair.

The project earned Salmond Reed Architects a New Zealand Institute of Architects Regional Award in the Heritage Category.

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