Cider to be apple of Ponsonby eyes

11:46 AM Wednesday October 22, 2014 Colin Taylor

Artist’s impression of Cider House office and retail building at 4 Williamson Ave, Ponsonby.

Premium space within the Cider building, now under construction on a site adjoining the Vinegar Lane precinct of Ponsonby, is being marketed for lease.

Worked commenced on the site at 4 Williamson Avenue earlier this month and the estimated completion date is the second quarter of 2016.

Sole agents Lorne Somerville and David Campbell of CBRE are leasing the property on behalf of Progressive Enterprises Limited.

“The building will contain some of the largest office floor plates in the market,” Somerville says.

The project dates back to September 2011 when Progressive Enterprises purchased a 13,609 sq m site located between Pollen St, Crummer Rd and Williamson Avenue.

Designed by John Sofo and Graeme Scott of ASC Architects, the Cider building will encompass 7450 sq m of space for lease across three office levels above a 4360 sq m Countdown supermarket. It will also have 288 car parks within five parking floors below ground level and another 950 sq m of speciality retail space situated along the street edges. One of the tenants will be a café.

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Artist’s impression of lobby within Cider House, 4 Williamson Ave, Ponsonby.

Somerville says the architecturally designed and ‘high tech’ Cider building will be “a multi-faceted landmark” in the heart of Ponsonby.

“The Cider building will represent the best of new office buildings to be developed in Auckland for some time,” he says.

“The size, variety and flexibility of space for lease means the building will appeal to a wide variety of companies looking to occupy high quality new space in Ponsonby, and close to the CBD and motorways connections.

“We are already in discussion with multiple potential tenants and anticipate it will be fully leased prior to its completion. Commercial tenants with leases expiring in 2016 should call us for more information.”

Level Seven comprises 2492 sq m, Level Eight 2494 sq m and Level Nine 2463.6 sq m with each floor having a stud height floor-to-floor of 4 metres and an internal stud height to ceiling grid of 2.75 metres. Level Six is the ground floor retail level above the five floors of parking.

Campbell says the building will also have exceptional views.

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David Campbell of CBRE

 “Clever L-shaped floors and floor-to-ceiling glazing have been designed to maximise light and make the most of the views. In addition columns have been minimised to ensure unimpeded office layouts.”

The building will feature 360 degree elevated vistas of the Auckland region, looking north past the Sky Tower and CBD to the Waitemata Harbour, Devonport, Hauraki Gulf and surrounding islands. To the east, it will have views of Mount Eden, to the west the Waitakere Ranges, and to the south look towards the Manukau Harbour.

Each floor has a natural split around the middle of the floor to cater for tenancies from 1300 sq m upwards and for 200 plus staff. For larger tenants, multiple floors can be linked with internal staircases. A third option is for two tenancies to split a floor allowing for regular shaped leasing spaces that will still have prominent entrances.

Campbell says tenants will have exclusive access to the internal secure car parks through five dedicated lifts. “The ratio is one car park to 24 sq m of office space, which is well above the current city fringe ratio of one per 40 sq m and the CBD ratio of one per 100 sq m.”

The Cider building is engineered to a Category 2 rating and will be one of the highest rated office buildings in New Zealand.

“It has been designed to 130 per cent new building standard [NBS] which is higher than the normal seismic rating in order to provide additional robustness and strength.”

The Cider building is adjacent the new Vinegar Lane architectural precinct in Ponsonby.

“It’s is a stand out location,” says Somerville. “Many consider Ponsonby to be the creative, social and flamboyant hub of Auckland.”

He says the Cider building is well-connected to motorway interchanges and public transport routes and is only minutes from the CBD.

The State Highway One north-south and SH16 westbound motorway connections are just 1.2 km away at the Pitt St and Union St while the St Marys Bay on-ramp, Cook St off-ramp and Newton Gully accesses are all within a 2 km radius.

“In addition, the Inner Link bus stops just 50 metres from the building’s front door, every 10 minutes during peak hours and 15 minutes during off-peak. So, for tenants or clients travelling from the CBD, the 3 km commute to Britomart takes about10 minutes in peak traffic,” Somerville says. 

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Lorne Somerville of CBRE; ‘The Cider building will represent the best of new office buildings’.