Melanesian Mission Building Restoration


  • Heritage Restoration
  • $2.5m
  • 2018 excellence award – Heritage and Hospitality Categories, New Zealand Institute of Architects

The owners of the historic Melanesian Mission stone building on the Mission Bay waterfront, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, set out to build a high-quality restaurant in the park-like grounds at Mission Bay, Auckland and to restore and seismically strengthen the heritage-listed stone building. Pragmatix was engaged following release of the Resource Consent to manage 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 building fabric. Opportunities to enhance the development with a large outdoor retracting canopy were identified and Pragmatix led the team to achieve the Resource Consent within this sensitive environment.

The project attracted considerable interest and we facilitated stakeholder management including two iwi, the local residents association and the Melanesian Mission Trust Board.


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