Modern apartment living in a Class 2 heritage building

18-05-15

Class 2 heritage building meets modern apartment living

Dunedin's oldest new apartment complex
Arrow worked with the developer to fully refurbish the building, combining modern design with traditional construction techniques to create a series of unique living spaces.

A 19th century grain warehouse in Dunedin’s CBD has been given a second lease of life thanks to a major heritage restoration project undertaken by our south of south team. Arrow was engaged to convert the iconic Stavely Building into 11 contemporary Manhattan style apartments while retaining its unique heritage and character.
Built in 1879 by Merchants A. Moritzon and Co. in the Roman Classical style, the Stavely Building was renowned for its fine quality masonry and unusual use of heraldic ornament and lettering. Originally built to store grain, seed and feed, the building has also been home to the “Curtain Maker” and the Dunedin School of Ballet.

Severely damaged by fire in 2008, the Class 2 heritage building sat unused for years until it was purchased by a private developer within plans to convert it into a modern new apartment complex. Arrow worked with the developer to fully refurbish the building, combining modern design with traditional construction techniques to create a series of unique living spaces.

We restored and reused as many of the buildings original features as possible, including brick surfaces and timber. Materials removed from other parts of the building were recycled and new timber elements were meticulously detailed to replace existing details within the building. The buildings industrial aesthetic was retained through the use of exposed steel balustrades and stairways and reuse of timbers.

All original external facades have been restored and the building has been fully seismically strengthened. The improvements to the structure and the physical integrity ensure that it will serve as an urban landmark and cultural icon for many years to come.
Testament to the high quality of this unique project, the Stavely Building received an Excellence Award at the recent Property Council NZ Awards (Multi-Unit Residential category).

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