Majestic Tower at 100 Willis Street
|Location||100 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Owner||Kiwi Income Properties Trust
Primaq Holdings (former)
|Height||116 metres (381 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Manning & Associates/Jasmax|
|Structural engineer||[Wass Buller & Associates]Now BGT Structures [Auckland] Ltd|
|Services engineer||Norman Disney & Young|
|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. The main building of the Majestic Centre is the Majestic Tower which is the tallest building in Wellington, New Zealand. The building, located on 100 Willis Street is 116 metres (381 ft) high and has 29 storeys, making it the ninth-tallest skyscraper building in New Zealand, along with the ASB Bank Centre in Auckland. 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 2014, Ernst & Young New Zealand is the anchor tenant, with naming rights to the building. Other tenants include Opus International Consultants Limited, the Japanese Embassy, Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Ltd., the Earthquake Commission and Airways Corporation.
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.
Following the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, the Majestic Tower was assessed by engineering consultants to be of moderate earthquake risk, with strengthening costs initially estimated at NZD$35 million, later revised upwards to $85 million in order to bring it up to 100% earthquake compliance.
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