New of­fices at former Ro­torua RSA site

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Af­ter 12 months of plan­ning and re­de­vel­op­ment, the previous home of the Ro­torua RSA is al­most un­recog­nis­able as it gets set to re­open its doors af­ter a $2.7 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion.

The site has been re­de­vel­oped by Pukeroa Oru­awhata Hold­ings, who bought the build­ing at auc­tion in 2015. Since then, it has been com­pletely trans­formed to pro­vide ‘‘A Grade’’ Of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­clud­ing en­sur­ing it is fully com­pli­ant with cur­rent earthquake stan­dards.

Now called Hau­papa House, the build­ing con­tains three dif­fer­ent ten­ancy spa­ces, which in­cludes space for a cafe.

Pukeroa Oru­awhata chair­man Mal­colm Short said the group worked closely with the RSA to pur­chase the build­ing.

‘‘The build­ing was in need some of some at­ten­tion when we bought it and Dar­ryl Church from Dar­ryl Church Ar­chi­tec­ture, has cer­tainly risen to the chal­lenge.’’

Pukeroa Oru­awhata di­rec­tor and com­mer­cial lawyer, David Tapsell, said in­creas­ing the amount of top qual­ity of­fice space in Ro­torua is a key com­po­nent of at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing new busi­ness to the city.

‘‘If we are to be a vi­brant and at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion to live and play, we need to be pro­vid­ing great places to work in - our in­vest­ment here cer­tainly achieves that.’’

Short said the build­ing’s name ac­knowl­edges an im­por­tant his­tor­i­cal link to the city.

Lo­cated in close quar­ters to Ro­torua Lakes Coun­cil and Ro­torua Po­lice Sta­tion, Hau­papa House now re­flects a stark con­trast to the orig­i­nal white con­crete pan­eled build­ing, with the ex­te­rior cladding of the build­ing en­tail­ing ver­ti­cal tim­ber slats and floor to ceil­ing glass win­dows framed by so­lar pro­tec­tion fins.

Short said in­ter­nally, much of the build­ing’s in­ter­nal char­ac­ter has been pre­served with the build­ing’s high studs and ex­posed trusses be­ing re­tained.

The first floor, con­sist­ing of 400m2, has al­ready been leased to one of the Bay of Plenty’s lead­ing law firms, Hol­land Beck­ett Law (Hobec).

The ground floor of­fers ten­ants 356m2 and 382m2 spa­ces, which can also be com­bined as one ten­ancy of 738m2. The site also in­cor­po­rates off-street park­ing for 12 ve­hi­cles.

Pukeroa Oru­awhata Trust owns more than 40ha of land within the CBD, in­clud­ing the Ro­torua Cen­tral and Trade Cen­tral de­vel­op­ments, and the Lake­front.

Owned by Ngati Whakaue share­hold­ers, Pukeroa Oru­awhata has a proven his­tory of de­vel­op­ing projects for the eco­nomic and so­cial well­be­ing of both Ngati Whakaue and the wider com­mu­nity, and it now has an as­set base worth more than $225 mil­lion.

The RSA closed it’s doors back in July 2015 and the build­ing was sold in Oc­to­ber, with the RSA mov­ing to a tem­po­rary space at the Arawa Park Race­course.

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