Auckland War Memorial Museum


Auckland Domain, Auckland


Auckland War Memorial Museum



Salmond Reed Architects has been involved as heritage consultants to the Auckland War Memorial Museum for the past 30 years.

Maintenance Planning

Following the 1990s restoration, funded by a major Getty Foundation Trust grant, Salmond Reed Architects has worked closely with a succession of design teams, providing professional advice on new design and major redevelopment of the building and its displays, including major refurbishment of galleries, conservation projects and cyclical maintenance of the heritage fabric.

Salmond Reed completed the Conservation Plan for the Museum in 2002 with a review in 2013. Salmond Reed Architects, in close collaboration with the Museum, has developed a detailed Heritage Asset Management Plan and maintenance programme to guide the continuing maintenance of this nationally important iconic building. This document covers all aspects of conservation, repair and maintenance of the heritage fabric, and is updated on a regular basis.

Projects have included restoration of the central skylight, ongoing repairs to stonework and roofing, copper capping protection of the parapet walls, restoration of the Sanctuary internally and externally, including the copper roof and repair of leadlights and plasterwork.

Between 2014-2016 Salmond Reed acted as heritage consultants for the refurbishment of the second floor Cenotaph Galleries, Pou Maumahara (previously the 1866 Gallery) and Pou Kanohi (previously the Armoury). Hidden by display structures and black paint for over 30 years Pou Maumahara was refurbished to its original elegant architectural form, including full refurbishment of the 1929 clerestory windows, removal of black paint, plaster repairs and specialist paint finishes. Repairs to Pou Kanohi included refurbishment of the clerestory windows, plaster repairs and lime washing.

Salmond Reed Architects has continued their close relationship with the Museum, working as heritage consultants alongside design architects Jasmax and FJMT Studio for the recent Te Ao Marama South Atrium Precinct project which opened in December 2020.

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More projects

Salmond Reed have been instrumental in the restoration and seismic upgrade of the building which was completed in 2022, not only coordinating the seismic upgrade and major repairs to the building, but designing and implementing the complete restoration of the interior of the the building. The building now meets the standard of >67% of the New Building Standard and has been re-presented with robust finishes and detailing that reflects the historic importance of this architectural gem of a building.

All Saints’ Church in Hokitika is of great significance to New Zealand’s history and the South Island in particular. It is a Category I listed heritage building and a WWI Memorial and a rare example of the early use of reinforced concrete cavity construction. The Church required urgent repairs to prevent further deterioration through water ingress and seismic upgrade work.

Restorations can be a long time in the making and the St Clement’s Maori Anglican Church in Ahipara is no exception, as Salmond Reed Architects started the process of investigations, research, and reporting as early as 2005. This prominent church in the Far North has exceeded all expectations with its bright new sanctuary window, entry porch, and distinctive bell tower - all in time for its Sesquicentenary in 2024.

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Auckland CBD 1010