Ex-Fonterra HQ becomes The International apartments

Two new Auckland apartment developments have been launched this week – one in Princes St in the central city and the other at Kingsland.

The historic Grand Hotel at 9 Princes St will be converted from Fonterra’s corporate head office to become The International apartments.

They will be priced from $800,000 to $9 million for penthouses.

The International borders Old Government House and Albert Park.

Architect firm Jasmax is behind the transformation, which will restore the historic building’s façade but the rest of the building will be encased in a lattice of white steel and alloy.

The International will feature 88 apartments over 17 levels and include freehold one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments as well as penthouse suites up to 424sq m.

Amenities include a wine cellar and tasting room, private dining room, outdoor terrace heated pool, gym, underground car park, private cinema, concierge service, IT support and library.

Developer Gary Groves' company Sanctuary Group is behind The International, which is being marketed by CBRE.

Construction is expected to begin in September for completion at the end of 2017.

Meanwhile, in Kingsland, developer Templeton is developing 8-14 Kingsland Terrace into the NXN (Nixon) apartments comprising 73 one-, two- and three-bedroom units and five terraced houses which will provide living spaces for around 300 people.

Prices will range between $529,000 to $1.45 million.

The apartments and houses will incorporate spacious kitchens, living areas with private, sheltered courtyards or outdoor living areas accessed directly off their living areas. Some apartments have private elevator entrances.

The majority of apartments face north to capture both sun and views over Nixon Park toward the Great North Road ridgeline.

Marketers at Bayleys say NXN is designed to appeal primarily to owner-occupiers –young professionals who want to be closer to the inner city, couples down-sizing from a family home, people who own property further out of Auckland, or who travel and want the lock-up-and-leave convenience of a city apartment. 

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