In March 2023, the Winter Gardens were fully re-opened to the public following a complex two-year project to seismically upgrade and undertake major repairs and improvements to the glasshouses and wider site. The repairs and strengthening works were complex and required a number of changes to the structures, which have been carried out with the utmost care and attention to detail to ensure that the heritage values of the place have been protected and enhanced. This icon site has been conserved for the future. This has been accomplished on time and within the original estimates on behalf of Auckland Council.
In our project role as heritage architects, our job was to assist the design architects, Jasmax, to integrate additions and modifications into the original building.
We prepared a conservation plan, created a database of original interior paint colours and provided extensive photographic inventories before, during and after restoration. We also provided conservation expertise on heritage building fabric to Jasmax throughout the project.
As a result of the effort, Salmond Reed Architects was jointly awarded the 2000 NZIA-Resene Colour Award and Local Branch Award with JASMAX.
We acknowledge JASMAX for our continuing successful partnership in this project and others.
A highly successful major restoration—of one of Auckland's best landmarks, featuring well-researched details and sympathetic finishes, in keeping with one of Auckland's most loved public buildings.
– NZIA LOCAL AWARD 2000