A mixed use redevelopment combining retail with other complementary uses is now under construction on this heritage site in the heart of Cuba Mall, Wellington.
In 2012, Willis Bond acquired the former Deka site on the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets. In 2014 it went on to purchase the neighbouring building (which houses the Farmers department store) and 104 – 106 Cuba Street (home to Rex Royale, Cosmic Comics and the Matterhorn). The combined sites, with a footprint of almost 10,000sqm, represent the largest and most exciting redevelopment opportunity in central Wellington.
The first phase of the exciting plans for this site is a joint project with the Whitireia WelTec Strategic Partnership, which will deliver Te Auaha, the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity on the site of the old Deka building.
The brand new six-storey building is now well under construction and comprises 745sqm of ground floor retail space and the 9,200sqm campus focused on creative and performing arts. The heritage façade has been strengthened so that it can be retained and the building’s structure is designed to the seismic requirements for an Importance Level 3 building, which are effectively equivalent to 130% of those required for a typical office building.
The development is now fully leased, with new Barkers Menswear, Cotton On and Vodafone stores operating in the new retail spaces along the Cuba Street pedestrian mall frontage.
This project represents the first stage of a complete rejuvenation of this prominent site, and will be a vital cornerstone for the remainder of the redevelopment. Design for the next stage of the project, which focuses on the Dixon/Victoria Street corner is also underway.