Brian Aitken Distinguished fellow of the NZIA

Friday, November 24 2017

We were delighted to see Brian Aitken recognised as a Distinguished Fellow of the NZIA at the recent New Zealand Architecture Awards evening.

2017 NZIA Distinguished Fellows


Ballantynes site progress

Thursday, November 23 2017

We are excited to see some serious traction on Lichfield Street in Christchurch with the demolition of the Anderson and Stables buildings charging ahead in the wake of a CPU (Certificate of Public Use) being granted. Ballantynes will remain trading as Naylor Love demolishes the above ground buildings and removes them off site for re-use. It will be a few weeks before we see the diggers roll in to demolish the basement once the top structure has been removed.  The construction of the new building will follow on from the completion of demolition works next year.  

Open project


Unitec Student project completion

Thursday, November 16 2017

Our 2017 Unitec student project is now complete. Under the guidance of Director, Richard Goldie, four students - Adrian Janus, Jack Luo, Rohini Contractor and Yadharsh Vijaykumar, were challenged to develop concepts demonstrating “Future Living” in the context of Fletcher Living’s Three Kings master plan. The students were required to analyse the existing masterplan and undertake research as to what disruptions may be emerging that would challenge the nature of work and the future of living. These included environmental strategies, flexible living, alternative models for housing, workplaces and transportation. They were then to select a site amongst the proposed development, and analyse and propose a building capturing ‘future living’ propositions. The students recently presented their work to members of the Peddle Thorp design team and tutors from Unitec for final critique. Congratulations to all involved for challenging themselves to develop a complex building in a testing geographical and urban context, and for the professional standard of their presentations.


National awards success

Monday, November 13 2017

We are delighted to have received two awards at the New Zealand Architecture Awards on Friday evening for Britomart’s Australis Nathan (Commercial Architecture) and the iconic 151 Queen Street (Enduring Architecture). Congratulations to Brian Aitken who was recognised as a Distinguished Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects on the night!

2017 New Zealand Architecture Awards

Australis Nathan 1

Australis Nathan featured amongst Auckland's best

Thursday, November 2 2017

We were pleased to see Australis Nathan feature as the “Best façade/ heritage makeover” in Metro Magazine’s Best of Auckland issue. Be sure to browse through the Urban Design section.

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St Marks progress

Thursday, October 19 2017

The construction of the St Marks apartments continues to progress well on the Remuera site. The structural framing now reaches above the level of the Southern Motorway, while interior wall framing is commencing in the next few weeks. Building services are being installed in the lower levels, with the show suite intended to open around Waitangi Day 2018.

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BEST Awards Recognition

Monday, October 9 2017

We were pleased to see our Auckland studio receive a Silver Award in the Office and Workplace Environments category at The BEST Awards on Friday evening. Congratulations to all of the award winners on the night.  

BEST Awards - Peddle Thorp Auckland studio

Peddle Thorp studio

85 Customs Street Residential Update

Friday, October 6 2017

The extensive enabling works undertaking at the 85 Customs Street Residential site is all but complete. The preparation work includes second and third stage demolition works to existing buildings, in part, located to the east and west of the development site. The adjacent heritage building has been structurally stabilised and wrapped up in ‘cotton wool’ (so to speak) ready for earthworks to begin.

The central portion of the site is where the 5 level basement and 56 level tower is to be sited. The cleared site has been prepared with strengthening works to stabilise carriageways, below ground obstructions identified and removed and the construction of perimeter concrete guide walls complete as a requirement for the excavation and construction of basement permanent works.

With building consents in place the sub-contractor has established their presence by moving into position heavy machinery and setting up the bentonite recovery plant, all commissioned and ready to start in earnest. Reinforcing cages have been fabricated offsite and are expected to be placed in their 20m deep permanent positions and concrete poured within the next week.

This process will continue over the next few months until the continuous perimeter basement wall is complete, a significant milestone for the project.

Open project


Open Studio

Thursday, September 14 2017

Our studio at Level 2, 122 Quay Street will be open this Saturday the 16th of September between 11am and 2pm as part of the Auckland Architects’ Studios tour. This is a great opportunity for anyone considering a career in architecture who would like to gain insights into what practical architecture is really like, for anyone interested in understanding the various stages of an architecture project, or for anyone interested in seeing the types of projects being undertaken by practices in Auckland. Be sure to drop by!

Auckland Architects' studios tour

Ballantynes Christchurch redevelopment

Tuesday, September 12 2017

Peddle Thorp are proud to be working with Ballantynes designing a new building for their Lichfield Street frontage in Christchurch.

The redevelopment replaces the two temporary buildings constructed following the loss of the Andersons and Stables buildings in the February 2011 earthquake; Ballantynes lost 2550 square meters of trading space and four levels of car parking.

The new building comprises of a basement, two floors of retail with offices and car parking above.  The new retail space will link seamlessly with the existing, with a new café and deli at the base of a triple height glazed atrium. The building will be an exciting addition to the expanding and dynamic retail precinct of Christchurch and an integral part of the Ballantynes retail experience.  

Work is due to commence on site in the coming weeks, with an anticipated opening date of early 2019.  

Ballantynes' Christchurch department store reveals details of rebuild plan


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