The Australis Nathan Buildings are awarded Best in Category at the Property Council Awards.

After a comprehensive restoration project, the two buildings built over a century ago stand as one, facing the sea and named the Australis Nathan Buildings. Last week they received a significant award.

The Award of Excellence – Best in Category, for Heritage and Adaptive Reuses was received from the Property Council of New Zealand during their annual ceremony, held at Spark Arena. The award recognised an 18-month-long restoration process; these were the first of Britomart’s buildings to be developed with premium grade floors and notably, the buildings have effectively been ‘turned around’ to face the harbour rather than Customs St as originally intended.

“Behind the dirt and deterioration we always knew there was something special waiting to be unwrapped,” says Development Director Campbell Williamson. “Peddle Thorp Architects’ vision for enlivening the new building’s front, out of its old back, was ingenious – a modern plastering technique with a twist, inspired by the ancient plastering technique of sgraffito. Not so obvious but just as important was the creative and especially respectful design and engineering by the rest of our consultants, to ensure the entire development was a success from the inside out. Then Hawkins Construction brought it all together – along with their subcontractors, they completely embraced the flexibility required, continually adapting the design to allow us to develop the building to its very best. All of us involved have been quietly very proud of what we have achieved, and an award such as this is a wonderful reassurance of that pride.”

Today, the Australis Nathan Buildings proudly house Tiffany & Co.’s stunning flagship boutique, a specialty CHANEL store, decadent patisserie Miann and a myriad of premium commercial tenants including law firms Duncan Cotterill and Anderson Lloyd.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this special and significant project.