22 The Terrace

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Project Management
  • Design and Build
  • Greenstar
  • Sustainability
  • Award Winning
  • Seismic Strengthening
  • Commercial

22 The Terrace


You only have to glance at the directory board in the lobby at 22 The Terrace to realise that you are in a very special green building. Simply put, the transformation of an existing 1980s commercial office block into a sustainable 5 Greenstar showpiece has been truly efficient.

Located in central Wellington, the comprehensive transformation of 22 The Terrace included seismic upgrades, Greenstar Accreditation, and office fit-outs for new and existing tenants. As a result, the project has gained widespread recognition, having won three awards to date.

  • Client
    Stride Property Ltd
  • Size
    4,800 SqM
  • Year
  • Address
    22 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington
Stride, a prominent New Zealand property developer and asset operator, owns several buildings in Wellington, including 20 Customhouse Quay, the Meridian building, and the older 22 The Terrace. This office building, built in the late 1980s required strengthening to 100%NBS, incorporating the 'Yellow Chapter' lessons learned from the Kaikoura earthquake in late 2018.

Although not initially intended as an 'A Grade' office building competing with the modern structures in downtown Wellington, the project scope expanded from simply saving and reinstating the building to creating one of Wellington's most commercially sustainable and energy-efficient office buildings. The goal eventually became to attain 5* NABERSNZ and Green Star ratings.Catalyst was engaged to deliver a comprehensive range of services, including architectural design, seismic, project management and construction. Leveraging Catalyst's extensive experience in repositioning assets, the project achieved maximum return on investment.

The Brief

Stride recognised 22 The Terrace's prime location and potential for improved asset performance. The building required earthquake strengthening, which Stride saw as an opportunity not only to increase the earthquake rating but also to upgrade the Greenstar rating to 5 stars and improve the end-of-trip facilities and office fit-out.

The goal was to make the refurbished building competitive in Wellington's commercial office market, where 5* Green Star-rated offerings like the PWC Centre at 10 Waterloo Quay and 20 Customhouse Quay (owned by Stride) were already available. The project team wanted to show that achieving a 5* Green Star rating does not necessarily come with a hefty cost. Stride believes that older assets must also have a good environmental story, decoupling "low carbon" from "premium" spaces, even though its portfolio includes some of Wellington's landmark developments.