This adaptive reuse project has transformed slow-moving apartment units into a dramatic high-end hotel with all the associated retail and commercial tenant interest. Both the original build, plus the recent tricky transformation were delivered by Dominion Constructors.
Originally built in 2008, the QUBA complex in Quay Park, close to Britomart, comprised 113 apartments over six levels. The inner-city hub included an internal atrium, common areas, 13 commercial or retail units on the ground level and basement car parking for 196 cars. However, having been completed at the end of the global financial crisis, the apartments struggled to provide a sound investment return despite their quality and prime location.
In late 2013, Russell Property Group had the opportunity to purchase many of these units to combine with ones already owned. The object was the conversion of the apartments into what would become the 4.5-star Adina Apartment Hotel.
Dominion Constructors was asked to implement the savvy adaptive design, splitting some of the original residential apartments into hotel-style units.
One focus of the project, was retaining as many existing kitchens and bathrooms as possible, says Brendan Lindsey, development manager at Russell Property Group.
"Another was to reuse as much construction material as possible, to minimise cost, reduce waste and maximise time efficiencies in the redevelopment."