Cheshire St building a big cheese in Parnell

5:00 AM Wednesday August 24, 2016 Colin Taylor

Artist’s impression of a premium grade commercial showroom OneThree Cheshire in Parnell.

A premium grade commercial showroom and residential building that will offer outstanding work and living in the heart of historic Parnell is now under construction and is scheduled for completion in March next year.

“This will be a cutting edge landmark building that incorporates residential with commercial for design-driven, high density living,” says John Davies of Colliers International who is marketing the ground-level space in the OneThree Cheshire building at 13 Cheshire St for sale by deadline private treaty closing September 7 unless it sells earlier by negotiation.

The freehold strata-titled commercial unit will have a 246sq m net lettable floor area plus 13sq m deck located right beside the showroom as an added bonus. “The purchaser will also have the luxury of owning five carparks located conveniently one level below the showroom,” Davies says.

“The public face of OneThree Cheshire will be its magnificent high-stud commercial showroom which will have a four metre stud height and full floor to ceiling double glazed windows. It will have a distinctive character with the windows really giving it an edge alongside a quality base finish of polished concrete floors, full air conditioning, sprinklers, LED lighting, suspended ceiling, kitchen, toilets and showering facilities.

“This is the only commercial space in this luxurious residential apartment development. Sitting prominently right on street level, the showroom will become a landmark on Cheshire Street,” Davies says.

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Aerial view of OneThree Cheshire St, Parnell, under construction lower foreground. 

The OneThree Cheshire will have 39 residential apartments on levels two, three, four and five.

“It backs onto the Auckland Domain with sweeping views across expanse of greenery to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and further north to the Sky Tower and cityscape.

“The building sits next to important transport links with outstanding access to Auckland CBD and inner suburbs and it is just a moment’s walk to some of Auckland’s best art galleries, restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping and weekend markets,” says Davies.

He says a joint partnership of Hughes Construction and WatGunLow Architects’ has aimed to produce a landmark building that reveals depth of design with intricate aesthetic considerations.

“The building was planned by keeping surroundings in mind to stand out against its neighbours with subtlety and understated elegance.”

Davies says the development’s vicinity will play an important role in its desirability, as investment opportunities in Auckland’s city fringe suburbs rarely come up. “This kind of high-stud showroom can lend itself to many sought-after uses. The new owners are likely to be a high end professional service or boutique businesses such as art gallery operators, bespoke jewellers, antique traders, real estate services, accounting professionals, creative agencies or fashion operators, to name just a few,” he says.

Cheshire Street sits just behind Parnell Rd, and is a walk away from Parnell strip’s vibrant bars, restaurants, art galleries and boutique shopping.

“Parnell is one of Auckland’s most sought-after suburbs, not only because it is handy to the city, but it offers all the benefits of being within a quick drive, walk or cycle to Newmarket, Remuera and the Eastern suburbs,” Davies says.

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John Davies, Colliers International.