Majestic Centre

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Majestic Centre
Majestic Centre Wellington Bond Street.jpg
Majestic Centre at 100 Willis Street
General information
Type Office
Architectural style Post-Modernism
Location 100 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°17′18.13″S 174°46′28.09″E / 41.2883694°S 174.7744694°E / -41.2883694; 174.7744694
Construction started 1987
Completed 1991
Owner Kiwi Income Properties Trust
Primaq Holdings (former)[1]
Height 116 metres (381 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 29
Design and construction
Architect Manning & Associates/Jasmax
Structural engineer [Wass Buller & Associates]Now BGT Structures [Auckland] Ltd
Services engineer Norman Disney & Young[2]
Main contractor Mainzeal Property and Construction

The Majestic Centre, designed by Jack Manning of Manning Mitchell in association with Kendon McGrail of Jasmax Architects and completed in 1991, is the tallest building in Wellington, New Zealand. The building, located on 100 Willis Street is 116 metres high and has 29 storeys, making it the ninth tallest skyscraper building in New Zealand, along with the ASB Bank Centre in Auckland.[3] It was, at the time of its completion, one of the three tallest buildings in the country, the two other contenders (ANZ Centre and ASB Tower in Auckland) being built in the same year. It is mainly used as office space.

As of 2006, IBM New Zealand is the anchor tenant, with naming rights to the building. Other tenants include Opus International Consultants Inc., the Japanese Embassy, the Earthquake Commission and Airways Corporation.[4]

The site was originally occupied by the Majestic Cabaret, which operated from 1929 to 1984 and was a key venue for ballroom events in Wellington. By the time of its closure in 1984, the Cabaret was deemed to be an earthquake risk, and demolition began in 1987 to make way for its namesake high-rise building.[1]

Following the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, the Majestic Centre was assessed by engineering consultants to be of moderate earthquake risk, with strengthening costs estimated at NZD$35 million.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peter Kitchin (2007-05-12). "When life was a cabaret, old chum". Dominion Post. 
  2. ^ The Majestic Centre listing on Emporis (accessed September 22, 2006).
  3. ^ SkyScraper City archive (accessed September 22, 2006)
  4. ^ a b 18 months to reinforce Majestic Centre

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Coordinates: 41°17′18.13″S 174°46′28.09″E / 41.2883694°S 174.7744694°E / -41.2883694; 174.7744694