Description of New Zealand House
New Zealand House will be redeveloped by Crown Estate.
The Crown Estate seeks to enhance New Zealand House and optimise the potential of the building, which was last refurbished in 1992 and has now reached the end of its commercial life, with poorly utilised and redundant office space unsuited to the needs of modern businesses.
The original design of New Zealand House will be preserved and key features restored, such as the Grand Stair ceremonial staircase. The interior will be transformed to deliver modern workspaces designed to meet the needs of businesses now and into the future, and The Crown Estate also plans to create a dedicated entrance for office customers on Pall Mall.
The New Zealand Government’s spaces in the building will be sensitively refurbished and consolidated to meet the functional and technological needs of a 21st century High Commission.
As part of its plans, The Crown Estate is also proposing to replace all windows in New Zealand House. The upgraded glazing will deliver improved acoustic and thermal performance, delivering an 80% improvement in the building’s energy performance, thereby reducing its carbon footprint and emissions.
Royal Opera Arcade will also be sensitively refurbished and will continue to offer a series of amenity services for the local business and residential community. The renovations to the arcade will also enhance the connection between Pall Mall, St James’s Market and the broader St James’s area.
11-12 July 2019 - The Crown Estate hosted a public consultation.
The existing building comprises 4 podium floors surmounted by a 14 storey tower.
New Zealand House comprises four podium levels and a 14-storey main tower, with terraces on the third and top floors. The existing building provides approximately 95,000 sq ft of office accommodation, including the New Zealand High Commission, plus a bar facing onto Haymarket and retail units within the Royal Opera Arcade. The new proposals will provide a similar quantity of office accommodation whilst better separating the space of the New Zealand Government, who will be returning post-completion, from commercial occupiers, and new retail and public bar facilities.
The offices are accessed via an impressive double height ground floor entrance hall which is staffed 24 hours a day.
New Zealand House was developed in the 1960's and received its' Grade II listed status in 1995.