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National Chambers

Project Summary

Client: Mike Garnham

Project Type: Commercial / Hospitality

Project Timeframe: 2001

Architects: Pynenburg And Collins

Project Description

The National Chambers is one of Featherston Street’s few remaining heritage buildings. Built in masonry, cast iron and timber in 1907, it was originally a three-storey warehouse with a basement that sat on timber piles driven deep into the reclaimed land and old beach gravels.

Its timber ground floor lay 1.5 metres above the footpath, so the first job of the 2001 refurbishment and strengthening was to cut and drop it down to street level. That success prompted the owner to add another floor on top of the building.

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