Contemporary Central Christchurch Office and Warehouse Up For Grabs

22 May 2017

A stunning, architecturally-designed office and warehouse building on the Christchurch CBD fringe has been placed on the market for sale through Savills.

The sale of the property, at 213 Lichfield St, offers a rare opportunity for a business to purchase new premises with “wow factor”, says Savills broker Paul Vining, who is marketing the property with colleague Benjamin Dwan for sale by tender closing on June 6.

“This is a top-quality facility that has been designed and built to the highest of standards. Every aspect of the design and finish has been carefully considered, resulting in an impressive, contemporary building that will lend prestige to the public perception of any future occupier’s brand,” says Vining.

The property was built by its current owner and occupier, construction management firm Corbel, to house its national headquarters and was opened by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel in April 2015.

It has now become available for sale as Corbel continues its strategy of specialising in commercial projects for its key customers and establishing itself in the Auckland market, says Corbel managing director Craig Jones.

“We have a great team in Auckland now and the work they have won makes up over 65% of our revenue. We’re continuing to work with key customers such as the Ministry of Education and Auckland City Council.”

The company’s success in Christchurch is also continuing, with over three million dollars of work signed in the past few weeks, Jones says.

“Our Christchurch portfolio is very targeted towards the commercial sector for key customers and we have consciously moved away from the residential and small works market. This model has allowed us to be more focused on our customers and the type of work we do well.”

It has also meant a shift towards a skill set that allows the company to deliver all aspects of commercial projects successfully, with less reliance on its traditional skill set of carpenters, joiners and labourers, he says.

“Aligning our business to our target market has allowed us to operate highly efficiently but has meant our current premises no longer fit the shape and size of our Christchurch team. We remain committed to Christchurch as our home market but, given the change in focus, we have reluctantly decided to move on to alternative premises that will suit our future needs better, thus freeing up the building for a new owner occupier,” says Jones.

The two-level building contains 1163sq m of floor area, including a warehouse and offices over two levels.

Designed by Beca and built to exceed 100% of new building standard, it features a bespoke perforated aluminium façade that depicts the original Christchurch City Plan from 1874, blending out to an abstract interpretation of the braided rivers that flow through the Canterbury Plains.

The building maximises natural light, with skylights providing additional light to the first floor offices. An internal garden, dramatic ‘floating’ stairwell, designer kitchen, cedar-clad balconies and internal American white oak panels provide additional attractive points of interest.

Low maintenance and sustainable materials were also used in the construction where possible, says Dwan.

“The main structural element of the building is pre-cast panels which were selected for their low-maintenance and sustainable properties. Some are pre-cast with a timber finish as a deliberate aesthetic feature of the building.”

The 1515sq m freehold site is situated 800m east of the Christchurch city centre. The location is one block away from the proposed East Frame residential area and 200m from the proposed new covered stadium which is planned to have a capacity of 35,000 people.


Key Contacts

Benjamin Dwan

Benjamin Dwan

Industrial & Business Services

Savills Christchurch

+64 (0) 21 270 0061