The 50-year-old six-storey Atkinson House in New Plymouth’s CBD will be receiving a complete makeover.
Purchased by Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa (Te Kotahitanga) in April 2022, this 50,000m2 commercial building located at 139 Devon Street West will have a total interior and exterior refurbishment.
Liana Poutu, Chair of Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa, is pleased to see this work underway.
“After completing our due diligence, the decision was taken to purchase the building. It sits alongside the New Plymouth courthouse and in close proximity to the New Plymouth police station, which Te Atiawa also own,” says Liana.
“This investment is part of our long-term strategy to balance our commercial, cultural, social and environmental aspirations. It is one of our first steps towards having a physical Te Atiawa presence in New Plymouth that our whānau can be proud of.”
Scaffolding is already underway, and the building will be wrapped to provide safe working conditions while the exterior façade and glazing suite are removed and replaced. The interior of the building will be gutted and upgraded to exceed current building code requirements.
The exterior of the building will be designed to visually reflect our history and aspirations of Te Atiawa.
It is anticipated this refurbishment will be completed by mid-2024. The facility will become a central hub for Taranaki Māori businesses of all sizes.
As part of its treaty settlement, Te Kotahitanga took up the Deferred Selection Property option to purchase this building.