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From sensitive refitting of protected buildings through to dynamic high-rises, the Kitchener Group creates people-friendly spaces for work and play
In terms of new lifestyle apartments, building strengths can apply to more than structural loads and the quality of finishes. It also includes the strength of vision to see a project through from concept to completion, and the ability to hold true to a development plan in the face of uncertain market forces.
The Kitchener Group has worked hard to confirm its position as one of Auckland's most experienced and innovative residential development companies, says marketing director Cyndi Nola.
"At its head, chairman David Henderson has a career spanning more than 25 years in all aspects of property development," Nola says. "From Princes Wharf to Tower Hill, his sense of drive and vision has been responsible for creating some of Auckland and Sydney's most desirable apartments."
From its inception in 1990, Kitchener Group has undertaken a variety of developments from the modest to the majestic. One of its more delicate undertakings was the refitting of the heritage-protected Marino Gardens building.
"By retaining their old-world atmosphere and combining it with modern conveniences, Kitchener created a quiet, welcoming inner-city haven," she says.
New bathrooms and kitchens in Marino feature simple styling and top-end fittings, with exterior spaces up-graded with the same attention to detail. Extensive landscaping created an Italian-style piazza and a new pool. Together they complement the existing pavilion and provide an enchanting outdoor living area, Nola says.
Henderson's vision is equally focused on high-profile projects, such as the Number One Hobson Street apartments.
"This had to be a credible development for real people, encompassing light, space, affordability and providing a generous living environment," Henderson says.
The apartment block featured a range of client options and was sold out well before its completion date. The high-rise includes two- and three- bedroom penthouse suites, two- and three- bedroom apartments, a restaurant and bar, lap pool and gymnasium, secure carparking and serviced apartment packages.
Kitchener's latest impression on the Auckland skyline is in the heart of the CBD, right on Albert Park. The 33-level Precinct will be made up of one- and two- bedroom apartments and features generous balconies, with some running the full width of the building.
The contemporary design includes expansive windows in the living and bedroom spaces together with clean-lined and uncomplicated kitchens and bathrooms. The apartments have been arranged to maximise the available living space and provide privacy for the bedrooms.
"Throughout our company's history, and whatever a project's scale, Kitchener's primary focus has always been exemplary customer satisfaction," Henderson says.
For more information, contact Kitchener Group, Shed 24 Princes Wharf, Auckland Central, phone (09) 302 5055, fax (09) 302 5969, or contact Jan McLeod 021 878 696. Website:www.kitchener.co.nz .
First published date: 12 October 2003