"We then stripped back the building and strengthened the existing structure with carbon fibre wrapping and structural steel both to enable it to carry the weight of the extra floors to come, and also to meet current seismic standards. We then added five floors to the top of the building, as well as extending the floor area of the existing building all the way up from level seven to the top."
Facade works followed, with new cladding and aluminium joinery, and reconfigured balconies. Once the building was watertight Naylor Love began the interior works, including building and fitting out the 122 high-spec apartments on the upper levels. The well-appointed apartments range from 75m² to 400m², and share access to a media room and a contemporary gymnasium.
In addition, the lower parking levels on the Hereford Residences were extensively refurbished, featuring a new layout and exit, upgraded fire egress and stairwells, and new lifts.
"With the scaffold and scrim-wrapped building visible from all over the city, the project became quite a showcase for the developer and consultants," says the project manager. "We even hosted a group of safety inspectors from the Pacific Islands who were in Auckland on a training programme organised by WorkSafe New Zealand and UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO)."
With the building completed in May 2017, Naylor Love is now busy with two other projects for Tawera Group in the same block. These involve adding two extra levels of office space to the car parking building adjacent to Hereford Residences with a tennis court and pool on top for the connecting apartments; and refurbishing existing character buildings into offices, retail and the first New Zealand showroom and service centre for electric car maker Tesla on Karangahape Rd.