Megan Jaffe - Ray White
411-413 Remuera Road
Ray White Megan
Jaffe Real Estate
There were concerns for heritage-loving Remuera residents when news broke that the building at 411-413 Remuera Rd was to be revamped. Constructed in 1929 on the site of the suburb’s first public library, the two-storey brick building had for decades housed a much-loved drapery – more recently, it was the home of a fashion boutique – and was regarded as a key element of the neighbourhood’s historic streetscape.
However, new owner Megan Jaffe Real Estate’s plans to retain and restore the original brickwork façade mollified local worries – “a neat exercise in urban renewal” was the verdict of the local residents association newsletter. The subsequent redevelopment of a building described as being in a “dubious state of repair” has preserved the best of the old while giving the address a new lease of life as a three-storey structure, including real estate auction rooms and offices, plus residential.
Haydn & Rollett were brought in to tackle the restoration and new build, with demolition of the non-façade elements taking place in August 2016. As the project evolved, it became a design-and-build commission with a greatly expanded scope, including future-proofing the building to allow for further storeys if required, additional detailing, and heavily engineered future-proofed foundation design.