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Moore Wilson’s Retail Centres

Project Summary

Client: Moore Wilson

Project Type: Retail

Project Timeframe: 1990-2005

Architects: Athfield Architects

Project Description

The close working relationship between LT McGuinness and family retailing business Moore Wilson extends back to 1990. In the depressed 1990s’ property and construction market, the retailers decided to develop a block on Te Aro flat bounded by Lorne, Tory and Tennyson Streets. It was marshy ground and construction began with drilling to ram down big pre-cast concrete piles.

The finished store soon became a city institution, with its stylish design and architecture reflecting the affinity between client and contractor. LT McGuinness later built Moore Wilson stores at Porirua and in Lower Hutt.

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