After working with Mansons TCLM on the successful NZME Building (now called the BDO Centre) at 151 Victoria St, which won the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Property Council Industry Awards 2016, MSC is proud to be appointed structural and civil engineers for their new office building development in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.
The new office block, designed by architectural firm Architectus, has six levels of offices above a four-level retail and office podium and two levels of basement carparking. It is being built on the 4000m2 freehold site of a former Caltex service station, near the Harbour Bridge motorway off-ramp in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.
MSC’s civil engineering team worked with Mansons through the initial phases to obtain resource consent and in June 2017 started work on detailed design for building consent.
The structural team is involved with the temporary retaining walls, crane foundations, building foundations and superstructure design and documentation. Construction of foundations and retaining walls is due to start September 2017.
As with all sites in this reclaimed area, ground conditions are not ideal; the ground water level is very high and the building requires significant hold down piles. The building foundations need to be drilled and constructed before excavation starts.
The basement is retained by a permanent steel sheet pile wall with a perimeter seismic shear wall inside. The retaining walls are structural steel sheet piles and tubes. The rest of the structure has reinforced concrete structure, with a lightweight roof structure.