A fixer-upper with unusual heritage



Five of Auckland’s heritage public toilets have been confirmed as suitable for tender by Auckland Council, with Expressions of Interest being sought from Friday 17 July until 17 August.

This is a unique opportunity for businesses to redevelop and restore some of Auckland’s most interesting heritage buildings. Redevelopment will rejuvenate the urban environment and celebrate Auckland’s history, while also generating a rental income for Auckland Council.

The five toilets are at Customs Street West, Wellesley Street East, (pictured above), Corner Market Place/Sturdee Street, Kingsland Rail Station and Sandringham Reserve.

Auckland Council’s Property, Building Consent and Urban Design teams will be considering applicants who propose initiatives that draw people into the space and showcase the heritage aspects of each site.

Ian Wheeler, Auckland Council’s General Manager Property, says; “There are so many possibilities with this exciting project.

Similar projects in New Zealand and abroad have seen public toilets transformed into cafes, bars, retail spaces, galleries, salons and more. We look forward to seeing a range of ideas.”

The council has worked through the unique specifications of each site and consulted with local boards, who have offered their support on the project.

A public open day will be held at all five sites on Saturday 25 July from 10am – 4pm.

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