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Anchor tenants sought for Auckland’s biggest wharf commercial office space

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Office space in the top two floors of the biggest commercial premises on any of Auckland’s wharves has been placed on the market for lease.

The eight-storey building at 139 Quay Street sits directly on Princess Wharf – delivering 360-degree views over the Waitemata Harbour, across to the Viaduct, up towards downtown Auckland, and east over the passenger and container terminals of the city’s other wharves.

The building is one of downtown Auckland’s most well-recognised commercial towers, not only because of its octagonal design, but also for its stand-alone position on Princes Wharf which means it is uncrowded by any immediate neighbouring properties.

The two upper floors of the landmark block consist of:

• Level seven of 139 Quay Street featuring 1,435.66 square metres of office space with 212 square metres of wrap-around decking and

• Level eight of 139 Quay Street featuring 1,203.87 square metres of office space with 212 square metres of wrap-around decking

The two top floors at 139 Quay Street are now being marketed for lease through Bayleys Auckland. Leasing specialists James Thorburn, Lloyd Budd and Sam Cotterill said both floors would be available at the end of the year, and any new tenant or tenants could occupy the space from early 2019.

Mr Budd said the top stories of 139 Quay Street would be perfect for a large business looking to secure contemporary office space over two contiguous floors. Alternatively, they could potentially be occupied by two separate medium-sized corporate entities each individually taking one of the open plan levels.

He added that the building could be occupied in a refurbished version of its current format to minimise fit-out expenditure, or could be completely remodeled for a tenant seeking to future-proof their staffing requirements and office services infrastructure.

“Detailed office layout renderings had been drafted up for both of the two floors – with the plans making the most efficient use of the space, while simultaneously maximizing the unobstructed views of Auckland from all sides of the building,” Mr Budd said.

“The conceptual floor plans incorporate intelligent design and workplace principles to link the two levels. Access to the decks on both floors allows staff to use some of the most spectacular corporate recreational space in the city – with a multitude of views and shelter from any wind or elements no matter which way the weather is coming from.

“The open external spaces also make a fantastic venue for client functions. In fact, in a ‘past life’, the top floor of 139 Quay Street was one of Auckland’s finest hospitality venues – known as Coast Bar and function venue.”

Mr Thorburn said the 139 Quay Street building was easily accessible to public transport services – including the adjacent ferry terminal servicing the North Shore, the Britomart train station some 600 metres away, and numerous bus routes just a short walk away.

“Alternatively, for personnel driving to and from work, there’s a trio of car parking options in the immediate proximity – including 811 car parks on Princes Wharf, 577 spaces in the downtown car park, and 350 bays in the Viaduct car park,” Mr Thorburn said.

“Meanwhile, the neighbourhood amenities for staff working in this building are among the best anywhere to be found in Auckland – with some of the city’s best bars and restaurants literally right outside the front door, even more coming on line when the nearby Commercial Bay tower is completed next year, and the array of retail shopping in Queen Street.”

Mr Cotterill said the building owner had just completed an upgrade to the property’s heating/ventilation/air conditioning units, and was now looking at the potential for further improvements to the buildings services.

“The building’s design already delivers a high degree of energy efficiency. Natural light flows from the floor to ceiling windows on all sides, and at the same time the sun’s warmth is captured throughout the day as the windows face in all directions,” Mr Cotterill said.

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