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 of the Bowen Campus redevelopment is transforming Bowen State Building and Charles Fergusson Building.
These two 1960 and 1970’s office towers are being completely modernised to deliver highly efficient and cost-effective workspaces 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.
Work began in November 2016, with Charles Fergusson Building due to be completed in late 2018 and Bowen State Building scheduled for completion in quarter three 2019.
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 consideres the heritage values of the existing buildings and the aesthetic qualities of the surrounding Parliamentary buildings.
It includes new facades on both buildings alongside seismic strengthening to 100% of National Building Standard, new lifting systems and mechanical services and new modern base build fit out.
Bowen State Building is a 10-level office building, with two basement levels, ground and 10 upper levels. The redevelopment includes an 8,500sqm extension to the eastern side of Bowen State 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 basement, lower ground, ground and 14 upper levels. The floor plate will be extended from 800sqm to 900sqm on completion.
On completion, it is anticipated that Bowen State Building and Charles Fergusson tower will be occupied by 3,500 workers. There will also be retail and hospitality on the ground level of Bowen State Building which opens onto Parliament’s sculpture garden.
Watch: Bowen Campus Under Construction.
Retail Leasing Opportunities.
On the ground floor of Bowen State Building there is over 600sqm of modern retail, food and beverage tenancies. From grab and go and incredible coffee to an all-day bistro we are on the hunt for creative food and beverage concepts new to as well as convenience and services to meet the needs of workers at Bowen Campus.
Bowen Campus overview
Precinct is initial planning stages for Bowen Stage two. This development will see two new buildings developed at 40 and 44 Bowen Street.
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.
On completion, Bowen Campus is anticipated to house over 5,000 workers 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.
The new buildings, with a targeted completion (pending leasing) of late 2021 will complete Bowen Campus and bring the number of occupants across the four buildings to 5,000.
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.
Visit website for 40 and 44 Bowen Street for more information.
Bowen Stage Two Imagery.
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