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CBD UP­GRADES

Rede­vel­op­ments, do-ups and of­fice shifts abound in Hamil­ton’s CBD, with one mar­ket watcher de­scrib­ing it as far be­yond what the city’s seen be­fore. Ten­ants look­ing for bet­ter build­ings are spurring work around the city, NAI Har­courts man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Neale said.

‘‘I look at where we were 10 years ago, it was fairly dire. You look at it now: build­ing by build­ing, you’re see­ing ei­ther re­fur­bish­ment or re­de­vel­op­ment or de­mo­li­tion and re­build. We’re see­ing it on a vast scale.’’

A host of projects are un­der way or in the pipe­line: an ASB re­gional cen­tre op­po­site Cen­tre Place, an old Count­down build­ing be­ing turned into a Gen­e­sis En­ergy of­fice, Sudima Ho­tel build­ing get­ting a makeover. Waikato Re­gional coun­cil is look­ing at a CBD move, Cor­rec­tions moved to a new Lon­don St of­fice, and Waikato District Health Board is re­work­ing the for­mer Farm­ers build­ing. A new theatre is look­ing likely, Neale said, and more CBD fringe spots are be­ing turned into high-den­sity hous­ing.

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