One of the first structural steel-framed buildings in New Zealand, The CAB is an important piece of Auckland’s architectural history. It also demonstrates how the most sustainable building is a building you do not need to build.

Situated in Auckland’s inner city, The CAB luxury apartments have redefined the living experience for its residents.

The category A heritage building boasts many technological feats in structural engineering and building design for its time and place. Retaining The CAB’s 18-storey steel frame was therefore fundamental to its successful refurbishment. In so doing, it also saved 6,150 tonnes of carbon.

Adaptively reusing an existing building that extends its life provides a major sustainability contribution to the built environment. The key to re-purposing the building cost-effectively was a detailed seismic evaluation using modern methods and technologies to determine if the original structure could withstand today’s predicted level of earthquakes.

The CAB is also an example of the ability and opportunity to manage the waste supply chain to minimise construction waste sent to landfill. 98% of demolition material was repurposed for use in new roads through good waste separation at source and recycling practices.

The Love & Co development, has won multiple awards including:

  • HERA INNOV8 taiao Sustainability Award 
  • NZ Commercial Property Awards
  • SCNZ Excellence in Steel Construction Special Recognition Award
  • Trends International Disgn Awards
  • Architecture & Design Community (ADC) Awards   
  • International Property Awards Asia Pacific Region:
    • Winner:  Private Residence, The Sky Garden Penthouse
    • Winner:  Residential Interior Apartment
    • Winner:  Renovation Redevelopment


Tonnes carbon saved


Demolition waste repurposed


Storeys of luxury living

The CAB with a new lease of life.
Typical apartment interior.
Penthouse interiors.
Ground floor exposed primary structural steel that has been retained.
Floor replacement works in progress.
The CAB with a new lease of life.

Our team says

Reusing the steel and not having to incorporate any more energy, that’s rewarding. There is no carbon to account for with the steel frame, it’s already been accounted for

Neil Horsefield

General Manager - Structures

Our project partner says

Adaptive reuse is good for the planet. Instead of taking a knock-it down and build-a-new-one approach, repurposing buildings is important for the future. The beauty of steel is that it is readily adaptable.

Andy Anderson

Principal Architect, Jasmax

Our People

John Walmsley

Senior Associate – Building Services

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Michael Robinson

Technical Director - Structural Engineering

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Saiful Islam

Technical Director - Project Management

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