Designed by SJB Architects and delivered by Ignite, the development at 58 Albert Street is the first dual-branded hotel in New Zealand. Comprised of a mixed-use podium and stacked hotel towers, the building offers 495 hotel rooms split between two hotel brands: Voco Hotel and Holiday Inn Express.
In our function as the delivery architects, Ignite's level of service included daily contact with the consultants and contractors. These local relationships are critical to keeping an open flow of communication for all parties during construction.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed working on the first Voco Hotel in New Zealand. A collaborative effort, designed using modern methods, has resulted in a remarkable addition to Auckland's skyline."
With 30 years of experience, Ignite brings in-depth local knowledge to support high-quality delivery documentation, site observation, façade manufacturing, and local compliance to this partnership with SJB Architects. Speed of construction and client objectives have been met by utilising prefabricated, modular, and hybrid methods throughout design and construction.
Fully fitted and plumbed bathrooms ‘pods’, manufactured in Australia, are delivered to their final locations on-site before the internal room walls are installed. The floor slab is constructed with a ‘set down’ to locate the bathroom pod, which creates an installation that is flush to the interior floor finishes.
The unitised panel façade system is designed and manufactured specifically for this project. Produced offshore to expedite construction and deliver a superior outcome, Ignite also visited the manufacturing sites in China with the façade engineers to monitor production and quality control standards.
Speed of construction was further improved by utilising a jumpform system for the construction of the core. Pouring a storey every two weeks, the pace of construction meant that the base build, floor forming, and interior finishing were all underway simultaneously on site.