Putting the heart back into the city
Location Invercargill, NZ
Investment $183 million project cost
Project Transformative project for Invercargill's central city
Opening to the public in two stages in 2022, the CBD redevelopment project is a once in a lifetime opportunity to give Invercargill a bright and bustling city centre where all manner of business and interaction can take place.
The project is a joint venture between O’Donnell CBD Ltd, the Invercargill City Council and the Provincial Growth Fund. Fearing Invercargill could fall into decline with a lack of investment in the city’s infrastructure, HWR directors Scott and Joc O’Donnell felt they were in a position to play a part in giving back the Invercargill CBD its heart, and proposed the redevelopment project.
Planned amenities for the development include:
- Retail sector, with anchor tenant Farmers
- Food and beverage offering
- Open lane airways and outdoor dining
- Muti-storied covered carpark
Embarking on the project was no small task, with many years of consultation and planning undertaken before construction on the project began. More than 40 buildings with varying degrees of damage and low earthquake ratings were demolished, with some building facades retained for heritage purposes.
Throughout the construction of the CBD, massive cranes dominated Invercargill’s skyline – a sight not seen for many decades in the city. The redevelopment of the complete block bordered by Dee, Esk, Kelvin and Tay Streets, with the exception of the Kelvin Hotel. Working with architects careful consideration was given to design a contemporary, functional centre that provided an engaging customer experience while remaining in scale with the existing buildings surrounding it.
HWR’s head office and staff will move into the new CBD development in early 2023, occupying space in an office block tower on the corner of Esk and Dee streets.