Commercial Bay

An important history

Here the city began

Since the 1800’s the southern shore of the Waitemata Harbour has been an important place of transport, trade and commerce. For this reason, it was named Commercial Bay.
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About Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay is set to become the most transformational project Auckland has ever seen. Never before has a single project brought together the best of everything in one location – a world class commercial space, public transport, international quality retail, public spaces and hospitality environments, as well as striking urban design.

Since the 1800’s the southern shore of the Waitemata Harbour has been an important place of transport, trade and commerce. For this reason, it was named Commercial Bay. This development will again appoint the southern shore of the Waitemata as the heart of the city, re-establishing a hub of transport, commerce and trade for all Aucklanders to meet and enjoy.

Owned and developed by NZX listed Precinct Properties, Commercial Bay completely reshapes the waterfront area bounded by Britomart, the Viaduct and the CBD, and resurrects the location’s original name. It embraces the best of the existing buildings and links them together creating a working population of 10,000 people. At the heart of Commercial Bay will be a stunning new 39 level office tower that will transform Auckland’s skyline. It will be anchored by PwC and be known as the PwC Tower. 

At the base of the tower sits a three level retail precinct unlike anything Auckland has seen before. The laneway design will redefine retail in Auckland, with global flagship brands, diverse food and beverage and the highest concentration of quality retailers in one central, easily accessible location. This will be an inspiring place to relax, meet and of course work and shop. The rooftop bars and restaurants will provide exciting new hospitality experiences while maximising the stunning views over the Waitemata. Lower Queen Street is also due for a redesign and will become an inviting and activated public space. All of these amenities will involve and engage people, drawing them to the precinct.

Businesses will have access to a pivotal location with remarkable views, modern working environments, exceptional public transport access and a vibrant lifestyle to help attract and retain talent. A lobby level will be created that links all buildings allowing an integrated and seamless environment that increases client engagement and fosters business collaboration.

Commercial Bay’s world-class retail environment and the landmark office tower will be completed in 2019. A 39,000sqm office tower and 18,000sqm of retail will set Commercial Bay as the largest mixed use development in Auckland for decades.

The Team

The Commercial Bay development is owned and managed by Precinct Properties. Listed on the New Zealand Stock exchange since 1997, Precinct is an established New Zealand business, with around 7,800 New Zealand shareholders who together own around 75% of our company.

As New Zealand’s only specialist owner of premium space in Auckland and Wellington central city locations we have extensive experience in owning and managing some of New Zealand’s best known commercial properties. We understand the importance of an efficient and effective working environment. Our aim is to create ‘Space to Thrive’ and that’s exactly what we deliver for the businesses who partner with us – by providing them an end-to-end property solution.

Our team working on the project has had experience in some of New Zealand and Australia’s largest commercial and retail developments, and we have carefully selected the partners to work with us on this exciting project.

Precinct has always been determined that Commercial Bay will set new standards of design and as such we went through an extensive design process to a select group of leading global architects who were then invited to submit proposals. Following a series of workshops and presentations NH Architecture from Melbourne was appointed as the retail architect and Woods Bagot based out of San Francisco was appointed as the commercial architect. To ensure we created a design that was international in its quality while also retaining local relevance and character local New Zealand architecture firm Warren and Mahoney will ensure the integration of these schemes and are now the lead architects on the project.

Other key partners in the delivery of Commercial Bay include Project Managers RCP and Fletcher Construction.

Construction timeline

Commercial Bay’s world-class retail environment and landmark office tower will be completed in 2019. A 39,000sqm office tower and 18,000sqm of retail will set Commercial Bay as the largest mixed use development in Auckland for decades.