Plans revealed for Auckland's new skyscraper
Plans have been revealed for another massive skyscraper in downtown Auckland, a 50-storey edifice promising all residents views of the Waitemata Harbour.
The 192m glass and steel structure, dubbed Customs Residential, is planned for 69-105 Customs St East. It would be shorter than the 328m Sky Tower and pip the nearby 172m Vero Centre.
However, it will still look up to the planned 52-storey and 209m-tall NDG tower, which will be two blocks from the Sky Tower and which construction is reported to begin on this year.
Documents submitted to Auckland Council say Customs Residential will have five below-ground levels - three dedicated to parking.
There will be retail and food shops on the ground floor, offices on the lower floors, with a range of apartments on the upper floors.
The site is currently occupied by a ground-level carpark, Ballantyne House - which will be converted into a hotel, and the White Rabbit restaurant - which will be kept within the building.
A unique feature the backers have asked for is that all the 221 apartments will have harbour views, says Tattico planner Vijay Lala.
The application said it would be a positive development in the area and the adverse effects would just be minor. Mr Lala did not believe the application should be open to public input.
No cost has been given for the skyscraper, which is being backed by a company called Shundi Customs - owned by Chinese company Shanghai Shenshun Investment and New Zealand-registered Shundi Group Investment.
Shundi Customs directors are Huojun Shao and Lijuan Zhu, who are also directors of development company Tamaki Village, which recently bought University of Auckland's Tamaki campus in Glen Innes.