The Hotel Britomart

25 June 2019

Photo credit: Cheshire Architects

Cooper and Company's The Hotel Britomart is a boutique hotel currently under construction, the new 10-storey, 104-room hotel set to open in Auckland's Britomart area in 2020, is the very first Green Star certified hotel in Aotearoa. The Cheshire Architects designed building will be located on the corner of Gore and Galway Streets and includes the refurbishment and restoration of the adjoining Masonic and Buckland heritage office buildings.

Project Summary

The project immediately abuts the adjacent existing Masonic House and Buckland Building which are both heritage buildings being refurbished as part of the overall project. The ground floor of both the new hotel and the existing buildings are linked by laneways to accommodate retail and food and beverage along with the hotel entrance / front of house and the Buckland Masonic offices entrance. The buildings are also linked at level 5 hotel / level 4 Buckland Masonic, with the new pavilion structure atop Buckland Building to be part of the hotel operations as both a guestroom and/or a function suite.

Project location: Corner of Galway Street and Gore Street, Britomart, Auckland Central

Building owner: Cooper and Company

Architect: Cheshire Architects

Project manager: Xigo

Structural engineer: Holmes Consulting Group

Service engineer: Norman Disney & Young

Fire engineer: Holmes Fire

Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership

Main contractor: Bracewell Construction

GSAP: Norman Disney & Young (Kim Featherston)

Acoustic engineer: Norman Disney & Young

Sustainable features recognised under this Green Star rating
  • Enhanced Commissioning and Environmental Management practices
  • 90% of construction and demolition waste by weight is recycled
  • Efficient lightings and controls
  • Efficient water fittings and fixtures
  • Good lighting levels to improve visual comfort
  • Building user education display
  • Reduced car-parking spaces
  • Low VOC flooring, paints and adhesives and sealants
  • Low formaldehyde wood composite products used internally
  • Excellent access to public transport
  • Electrical sub-metering / energy monitoring provided throughout
  • Water metering / water monitoring throughout
  • Zero ODP insulants
  • Zero ODP refrigerants
  • Outside air provided at rates 100% greater than the NZBC
  • Contractor environmental education program
  • Green Star costings financial transparency
  • Systematic and excellent marketing strategy with regards to sustainable building practices
  • Provision of a dedicated and separate exhaust facility for kitchen
  • Using thermal comfort assessment to direct design
  • Provision of user thermal comfort control 
  • Visual comfort achieved through good access to external views
  • 40% improvement in energy efficiency with 50% reduction in GHG emission. 
  • Energy efficient TVs, Air Conditioning Units and fridges
  • Robust HVAC zoning and control design to facilitate energy saving 
  • Convenient cyclist facilities 
  • Potable water consumption reduced through water-efficient fixtures and fittings, low water landscape irrigation or xeriscape landscape, non-water-based heat rejection and reduction of potable water for first system testing and maintenance.
  • Selection of materials with low environmental impact 
  • Timber from responsible sourcing 
  • Improvement in ecological value 
  • Concrete manufacturers’ use of alternative fuels and recycled water in their manufacturing process
  • Demolition concrete is crushed and recycled into the concrete mix


Innovation points awarded

  • Innovation Challenge - Exceeding benchmarks (1 point)
  • Innovation Challenge -  Contractor education (1 point)
  • Innovation Challenge - Financial transparency (1 point) 
  • Innovation Challenge - Marketing excellence (1 point)