Chapter 6

Hub for business and innovation

Hub for business and innovation - Wynyard Quarter

High-tech businesses are joining the new neighbourhood that has been the domain of the marine and fishing industries for decades. Previously an industrial site closed off from public access, the space has transformed into a mixed use, people-friendly and well-designed space.

Eke Panuku has partnered with Precinct Properties to develop 48,000sqm of commercial space in the centre of Wynyard Quarter.

Precinct Properties is working with some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s best architects to design an innovation precinct which offers a hub for people to work in sustainable buildings, with good transport links, functional streetscapes, and welcoming public spaces nearby.

With the completion of 10 Madden and N. Cole Building, Precinct Properties reached an exciting milestone in 2021 by completing stage two out of three in their development plans for the precinct. These developments follow the completion of the award-winning Mason Brothers and 12 Madden Street buildings already included in their impressive portfolio.

The third and final stage of Precinct Properties innovation precinct started construction in early 2022. Neighbouring the recently completed 10 Madden commercial development, stage three will introduce three new buildings, 124 Halsey Street, 117 Pakenham Street and the Flowers Building. These new builds will offer premium office space and be at the forefront of sustainable design. Precinct Property is targeting a Green Star rating of 6-star and a 5-star NABERSNZ rating for their new developments, and once complete they will be in good company with the other world class and sustainable builds in Wynyard Quarter.

Another exciting element within the innovation precinct is coworking and events space GridAKL– powered by Auckland Unlimited, it connects technologists, designers, digital content makers, product designers, and startups in a shared area.

The Lysaght building was the first space within the Innovation Precinct, attracting GridAKL from an early stage in the Quarter’s regeneration. This beautiful art deco building was upgraded to not only meet the needs of fast-paced innovative businesses, but also to receive a 5 Green Star rating.