Elliot Tower Reaches For Kiwi Record
The go ahead has been given to what will be New Zealand's tallest skyscraper. Named the Elliott tower it will have a finished height of 218 metres.
The original design for the tower was penned by ADC Architects but the project was taken over and completed by Gordon Moller, who incidentally happens to be the Chair of the Auckland City Council Urban Design Panel.
Objections to the design were raised by SkyCity Entertainment Group who have the Sky City tower over the road from the site claiming that the height of the Elliott would interfere with telecom and broadcast services and possibly with appliances in the penthouse suites of the Sky Tower, unfortunately for them they had signed a contract back in 1993 which states they are responsible for these services.
SkyCity also made mention of the impact on the Sky Towers iconic status, the committee pointed out that the tower does not enjoy protected status as far as height and appearance are concerned and significant development can be expected in the future.
It was also found any possible problems could be over come so the Elliott does not have to lose any height, which should make Korean developers Dae Ju Housing Co very happy.
Located at the crossroads of lower Elliott, Albert and Victoria streets the tower looks more like a computer component than a skyscraper. It is a basic balconied box, to break up its possibly tedious look, two sky gardens approximately half way and three quarters of a way up the tower will feature.
At the base of the tower a podium housing three levels of retail space is topped by a public garden, six levels of basement parking is also proposed.
The real clincher for the tower could however be the ecologically friendly features, something that appears to sway most decisions these days. The crown of the tower is made up by solar panels which resemble large fins, these will heat hot water for the entire tower for at least eight months of the year. A co - generation plant and a rain water capture system are also proposed for the build.
The site is currently occupied by a car park but all being well the tower should be completed in 2011.
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