Historic Hayman Kronfeld Building scoops heritage prize at 2023 Property Industry Awards

Auckland, 23 June 2023: Two heritage warehouses, refurbished to an exceptional standard by Cooper and Company and Peddlethorp, have been recognised at this year’s Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards. The historic Hayman Kronfeld Building won Excellence and Best in Category in the Naylor Love Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award at tonight’s gala celebration.

A tour de force in heritage restoration, The Hayman Kronfeld Building is the result of a sensitive refurbishment and amalgamation of two heritage-listed warehouses in Auckland’s Britomart precinct, formerly known as the Barrington Building and Old Sofrana House.

Privately owned Cooper and Company and architecture firm Peddlethorp worked together to transform the century-old buildings into contemporary offices to meet the demands of the modern market while celebrating their rich layers of history and rejuvenating the building’s relationship with the surrounding streets.

Andrew Evans, chief judge, Property Industry Awards said, “This outstanding project reminds us of the importance of preserving and celebrating our built history for future generations. The skilful reuse of materials alongside new steel and glass, and the creation of contemporary light-filled spaces blend seamlessly with the existing character of this building.

“The collaborative client and architect relationship should be applauded, with the mutual shared vision and attention to detail delivering a superb outcome.”

The Hayman Kronfeld Building redefines the Customs Street East side of Britomart precinct blending the historical with the modern. Heritage facades of the building have been preserved and replica pediment created replacing the original that was destroyed.

The newly combined building features three levels of 5 Green Star rated Grade A office accommodation across contiguous 1000m2 floorplates with ground floor retail – bringing all-new building services, lifts and fire escapes along with a seismic upgrade (100% NBS structural rating) to a rich heritage character space.

With both buildings more than 115 years old the development has significantly reduced carbon emissions from materials by retaining the existing structure (concrete foundations, basement floor slab, reinforcing steel, brickwork, and timber) and reducing finishes through exposed brick walls and floors.

Demolition materials were reused wherever possible, or recycled materials sourced. Salvaged timber framing and flooring were used extensively, along with recycled brickwork for flooring and lobby areas.

The Property Industry Awards, now in their 24th year, celebrate and showcase superior examples of iconic projects in property development and investment across a broad range of sectors and design disciplines, recognising outstanding projects, developments and refurbishments.

Property Council chief executive Leonie Freeman added, “While the focus of many accolades in property is on new builds and developments, it is heartening to see property owners embracing sustainability through the repurposing of existing buildings, especially when they result in a project as beautiful, functional and future-proofed as the Hayman Kronfeld Building.”


Naylor Love Heritage and Adaptive Reuses Property Award
Excellence and Best in Category: The Hayman Kronfeld Building, Auckland
  • Submitted by Cooper and Company and Peddlethorp
  • Owner: Britomart Barrington Sofrana Company
  • Developer/project manager: Cooper and Company
  • Construction: Bracewell Construction
  • Architect: Peddlethorp
  • Service/mechanical engineer: Norman Disney & Young
  • Structural engineer: Holmes Consulting
  • Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership
  • Other consultants: Fire Engineer – Holmes Fire, Heritage Architect – Salmond Reed
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