Bowen Campus.

The Bowen Campus redevelopment is set to transform Wellington’s government precinct.

Bowen Campus was acquired by Precinct in 2012 and encompasses a hectare of freehold land at the heart of the government precinct - adjacent to the Beehive and Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

Stage One.

Stage one of the Bowen Campus redevelopment was completed in 2019. It saw the transformation of the historic Bowen State and Charles Fergusson buildings into modern, highly efficient and cost-effective office towers for the public sector.


During the 1950s and 1960s the architectural division of the Ministry of Works designed several modernist government buildings. This included Bowen State Building which opened in 1962, named after Sir George Bowen, Governor of New Zealand from 1867 – 1873. Charles Fergusson Building opened in 1975 and is named after Sir Charles Fergusson Governor General of New Zealand from 1924 – 1930.


Both buildings are leased to government agencies, with Bowen State leased until 2037 and Charles Fergusson through until 2033.


The redevelopment, designed by Warren and Mahoney carefully considered the heritage values of the existing buildings and the aesthetic qualities of the surrounding Parliamentary buildings.


New facades were installed on both buildings along with seismic strengthening to 100% of National Building Standard, new lifting systems and mechanical services and new modern base build fit out.


Bowen State Building, now Defence House, comprises two basement levels, ground, and 10 upper levels. The redevelopment includes an 8,500sqm extension to the eastern side of the building, taking the floor plate from 1,440sqm to 2,800sqm on the lower levels and 1,500sqm on the upper levels.


Charles Fergusson comprises two basement levels, ground, and 14 upper levels. The floor plate was extended from 800sqm to 900sqm.


These two buildings are occupied by approximately 3,500 workers and activation at ground level includes retail, hospitality and a network of laneways which open to Parliament’s sculpture garden.



Watch: Bowen Campus Under Construction.

Retail Leasing Opportunities.

The ground floor of Defence House includes over 600sqm of retail, food and beverage tenancies. Limited leasing opportunities are still available in this prime location. In addition to approximately 3,500 workers already in the precinct, the area enjoys a substantial level of foot traffic from commuters along Bowen Street.

Bowen Campus overview

Stage Two.

Precinct will shortly be commencing construction of the second stage of Bowen Campus with a new building situated at 40 Bowen Street. It is the first of a pair of buildings planned for the site.

Precinct has worked with Tennent Brown architects and Dunning Thornton engineers to design these buildings which offer over 20,000sqm of NLA. The side core design creates exceptional efficiency and caters to modern ways of working. The buildings employ a number of features to minimise earthquake damage risk and support business continuity.

The building will total 10,049 square metres and consist of 1,200 – 1,700 square metre office floorplates across six levels.

Pre-committed leasing currently represents 72% of the building’s office net lettable area (NLA) by income.

Completion of the project is scheduled for late 2022 bring the number of occupants to 5,000 across the four buildings. A network of laneways connecting the buildings will provide retail, cafes and other amenities to enhance the experience of workers in the area.

40 and 44 Bowen Street use ‘shock absorber’ like viscous dampers to limit earthquake damage and support business continuity.

Watch: Video about 40 and 44 Bowen Street.

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