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Stanbeth and Excelsior Buildings Restoration

Formerly part of the Britomart precinct, this project actually comprised a composite of one and a half buildings which had been substantially altered to accommodate a new road. During all these changes original architectural features, such as the decorative Italianate parapets (removed sometime in the 1930s as a precaution against possible earthquake damage), had been lost, while the shop-front façade had been much modified to reflect changing uses at street level.

Salmond Reed’s role was to assist project architects, Cheshire Architects, to restore the exterior of the building as closely as possible to its original late nineteenth century form, whilst accommodating contemporary uses.

Each of the three main sections of the structure was approached differently; at the upper level the parapet was partly reproduced and rebuilt with designs and detailing provided by Salmond Reed Architects, while at the middle level the façade was repaired and restored to preserve its original appearance. At ground level the original street-front appearance was reproduced in a stylised form so that the larger elements reflected the original building fenestration whilst responding to the new retail function rather than the former warehouse use.

The project earned for Salmond Reed, jointly with Cheshire Architects, a 2011 New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Branch Award for Heritage Architecture

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