The Docks

Dockside Lane, Auckland CBD
224 residential apartments and retail
$55m Construction Budget
Built 2007

The Docks

• Innovative solutions to location-specific challenges
• Cost effective re-design

The Docks presents a streamlined and light-filled series of residential blocks accommodating over 200 apartments in a prime harbourside location.

Clients Multiplex Construction briefed PB&A to develop the scheme from the original design to make it economically viable in a tentative market. While the sea front location had obvious potential, the brownfield site presented a number of critical challenges, including contamination issues, underground obstructions and proximity to sea level. In addition, 24 hour operation at nearby Ports of Auckland required a re-think of all aspects of acoustic design, including the reduction of overall window glazing areas, the specification of a variety of specialist glass types and the creation of enclosed balconies, to achieve the high acoustic requirements of the Resource Consent.

A series of detailed design iterations with the project team ultimately realised a cost effective scheme which satisfied the challenging requirements of the consent process while creating a high number of desirable inner city residences.