Melanesian Mission Building Restoration and New Pavilion Restaurant
Client: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Location: Mission Bay, Auckland
Service: Project Management, Engineer to Contract
Awards: 2018 Winner – Heritage and Hospitality categories, New Zealand Institute of Architects
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, as owners of the historic Melanesian Mission stone building on the Mission Bay waterfront, set out to build a high-quality restaurant in the park-like grounds and restore the stone building, including earthquake strengthening. Pragmatix was engaged following release of the Resource Consent to manage the designers and contractors. This engagement was extended to act for the restaurateur to achieve economies in costs and integration of the fit-out works into the project to provide a turnkey result.
The contractor was procured in compliance with a transparent public appointment process. Construction entailed managing heritage, archaeological and arborist specialists in compliance with Resource Consent conditions. The strengthening system for the stone building was innovative and allowed minimal intervention into heritage fabric. Opportunities to enhance the development with a retracting canopy were identified and Pragmatix led the team to achieve the Resource Consent within this sensitive environment.
The project attracted considerable interest and Pragmatix facilitated stakeholder management including two iwi, the local residents association and the Melanesian Mission Trust Board.
The facility opened in October 2017 as planned, ready for the summer beach and park crowds.