New developments on the way for the city centre
The City Rail Link's effect as a catalyst for private development is being realised with a number of projects in the news.
These include developments like Mansons TCLM's new Fifty Albert $650m office tower and Auckland Real Estate Trust's Fusion, repositioning three existing buildings between Albert and Federal Street for office and dining tenancies.
voco/Holiday Inn Express – nearing completion
Corner Albert and Wyndham Streets - a 200 room voco hotel in the upper half of a 37-storey building and a 294 room Holiday Inn Express in the lower floors. Estimated cost to complete $200m. More about voco and Holiday Inn Express on NZ Herald, 11 May.
Fusion – expected opening late 2022
87 Albert Street, 60 Federal Street and 16 Kingston Street – a 14,500sq m office and dining development, repositioning three existing buildings with the addition of a new three-level link building. Estimated cost to complete $25m. More about Fusion from JLL, 5 May.
Fifty Albert – expected opening late 2023/early 2024
50 Albert Street – a 28,873sq m office development across 15 levels – the biggest currently underway in New Zealand. Estimated cost to complete $650m. More about Fifty Albert on NZ Herald, 11 May.
Hotel Indigo and 51 Albert apartments - expected upening early/mid 2024
51 Albert Street – a 225 room Hotel Indigo on the first 28 floors of a 41 level tower, with 30 apartments on levels 29 – 41. The heritage-listed Macdonald Halligan Motors Company façade will be incorporated at street level. Estimated cost to complete $250 million. More about 51 Albert on NZ Herald, 8 July.
Alberts - 1 Albert Street
Almost-complete refurbishment of the 18-storey 1970s modernist building formerly known as West Plaza, including a new office entrance, lobby and retail and restaurant outlets. More about Alberts.
City Rail Link Aotea Station – expected opening late 2024
Entrances on Victoria and Wellesley Streets near Albert Street – 15m-deep, 300m long and expected to be NZ’s busiest train station. More about Aotea Station from CRL.
Commercial Bay and PWC Tower
Block bounded by Quay, Queen, Albert and Customs Streets - 39,000sqm of office space across 39 levels in the PwC Tower and a three level retail and dining precinct. At ground level, the 24/7 laneways link Commercial Bay with the Britomart Transport Centre and the lower Albert Street transport hub via Te Komititanga. More about PWC Tower and Commercial Bay.
Aotea Central – construction expected to start once CRL works are complete
Corner Albert and Wellesley Streets, above and adjacent to CRL Aotea Station –with around 15,000sq m of office, 2000sq m of retail and 20,000sq m of residential space across 21 levels. Estimated cost to complete $452m. More on Aotea Central from NZ Herald, 9 March.
5 - 15 Albert Street and 9 Wolfe Street
Current plans for this 4,371 sq m site include a 31-storey office tower and a seven-level link building connecting to the old Challenge House. More about this project on BusinessDesk, February 2020.
65 Federal Street
A 46-storey development including 226 apartments, a 233-room 5-star hotel, a ground floor market place, and rooftop garden. Estimated cost to complete $200m-plus. More about 65 Federal Street on Stuff, May 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Auckland
92 Albert Street – a 231 room hotel plus event and meeting space, a fitness centre and dining. More about the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on The Hotel Conversation, July 2020.
Updated 8 July 2021