Britomart has been brought to life as a busy ‘people place’, built around inviting public spaces, high-quality architecture and a deep respect for the place’s history.
The Britomart development has been a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Auckland. Its prime location, its scale and its rare concentration of heritage buildings has allowed the creation of a very special new central-city precinct.
Owner Cooper and Company has worked with leading international architects and consultants to realise its vision: to transform Britomart into a place of genuine pride for Aucklanders.
Designed to attract people and activity day and night, it has become a lively new focal point for the city. Its heritage treasures are being brought back to life and integrated with the very best of 21st century design.
Places and spaces
The precinct itself is planned around a network of public spaces, including laneways, a central walking street, a public square and internal atriums.
All the precinct’s buildings will eventually be activated for public use at ground level, providing immediate street-level engagement.
The new buildings rising up around Takutai Square are designed with a sense of openness and inclusivity, allowing visibility of people and activity up through many levels of the structure.
The materials, proportions and modelling of the new buildings respond directly to their surroundings, referencing both the new and heritage elements of the cityscape. Read more about Britomart’s buildings and spaces
Heritage treasures are being brought back to life and integrated with the very best of 21st century design.
Inspiration and Expertise
Cooper and Company draws on the expertise of many outstanding firms and individuals across the Britomart projects.
Leading Australian firm Johnson Pilton Walker, led by acclaimed architect Richard Johnson, has had a vital role in providing inspiration and direction for Britomart’s architectural evolution.
As well as providing master planning guidance, JPW has been responsible for the design of three of Britomart’s new buildings, the Ernst & Young Building and the two elements of Westpac on Takutai Square, along with the Britomart streetscape and Takutai Square development projects.
Architectural conservation practice Salmond Reed has also had an essential role, overseeing the painstaking restoration and refurbishment of Britomart’s heritage buildings.