Retaining legacy, expanding business opportunities

The entrance to the Tasman Building, is undergoing a facelift.

As work continues to revitalise and tenant the prime Centreway Road property that formerly housed the Auckland Council’s Ōrewa Service Centre, its owners say that retaining its legacy as a community hub remains an important element.

Sustainable Property Investments bought the property in April 2020 and council saw out its lease until the middle of this year. Staff were relocated to the North Shore and the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board meetings moved to Browns Bay.

Transformed into an office park – Nexus Business Park – the property at 50 Centreway Road is being marketed to prospective tenants, with Sustainable Property Investments teaming up with Bayleys in a master agency capacity. 

The 1.93 ha mixed use zoned site features two buildings and  253 car parking spaces. The road-fronting two-level Pacific Building was built in 1977, and the three-level Tasman Building was constructed in the mid-2000s as an extension for Rodney District Council, shortly before it was merged along with seven other councils into the supercity.

“We’re actively seeking a mix of tenants,” says Sustainable Property Investments CEO John McStay. “The Tasman Building already hosts three, and discussions are ongoing with potential tenants across a range of sectors, from IT to banking to healthcare.”

The current tenants are early childcare provider Busy Bees Aotearoa, Flow Coffee and Saffron Business Insurance.

McStay says while Auckland Council in the past exclusively occupied both buildings, “as part of our revitalisation efforts, we’re modifying the internal layouts to accommodate multiple tenants and refining the entrance of the Tasman Building to better serve its occupants”.

He says the owners are “mindful of the site’s community heritage and enthusiastic about the unique opportunities ahead”.

“We aim to offer versatile options for a broad range of tenants keen on joining this business community, while also preserving its legacy and looking forward to its potential for future generations.

“In essence, our goal is to continue the site’s rich history as a community hub while providing a dynamic space for businesses to thrive.”

The Pacific Building, was built in the 1970s.