Bowen Campus Redevelopment

Bowen Campus is located on a significant and high-profile site, adjacent to Parliament in Wellington’s CBD. RCP has acted as Project Manager on behalf of owner Precinct Properties since 2013.

Stage one of the redevelopment was completed in 2019 and saw the transformation of the historic ‘Bowen State Building’ (now named ‘Defence House’) and ‘Charles Fergusson Building’ into modern, highly efficient and cost-effective office towers for the public sector. The buildings in this development are two of the city’s most important Modernist buildings designed since World War II, with Bowen State Building being the first Government skyscraper in Wellington.

Defence House has 12 levels, and the refurbishment included a full seismic upgrade and an additional 8,500m2 extension to the eastern side of the building. Charles Fergusson is comprised of 16 levels with floor plates extended from 800m2 to 900m2 and improved circulation achieved through the use of a new glass façade.

To redevelop such major landmarks in the hub of the capital meant that the buildings had to be carefully renovated, with consideration of their heritage. Works included the demolition of the existing façade, removal of all plant and equipment, demolition of existing fit-out, stripping back to existing concrete structure and completion of seismic strengthening to 100% NBS. The outcome refreshed the two existing buildings and reactivated the landscape to create a campus that is fully integrated. It also provides valuable accommodation to the Government sector and creates new retail and hospitality opportunities to service the 3,500 occupants.

RCP is currently involved with helping Precinct Properties deliver Stage 2.


COMPLETED – 2019 (Stage 1)    PROJECT CONTACT – Jeremy Hay


Photography Credit – Jason Mann