Role: Development Management
The Vero Centre development is a landmark 40 level office building in the Auckland CBD.
The project demanded new thinking as to what a modern office environment should be. Opened in November 2000 the building, developed by Kiwi Development Trust (now Kiwi Property Group) and an internationally capable team still holds pride of place as one of New Zealand’s highest and largest premier office building. It continues to retain its pre-eminent tenants at full rentals.
At a completion cost of $207 m. t was New Zealand’s first premium grade office building and arguably New Zealand’s first serious office proposition “where needs of the tenants drove the ultimate design outcome – to design the building from the inside-out”.
The Development Manager John Coers was part of a highly competent and focused team that created this outstanding commercial building.
While achieving and continuing to achieve some of the highest NZ office rents, the building was and remains highly cost efficient in terms of floor space efficiency and reduced costs per person. This higher density was achieved through careful design including correct floor plate dimensioning, featuring a central core producing column free space, supported with perimeter glazing and considerable open public and tenant break out space.
Minute attention to detail was applied to every aspect of the building, it’s functions, performance, components particularly in the context of fit for purpose, life expectancy, maintenance and replacement.