Historic building gets modern makeover but retains character – Taranaki Daily News

The Hookers building in New Plymouth has been refurbished but retains its old charms.
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The Hookers building in New Plymouth has been refurbished but retains its previous charms.

An historic New Plymouth building has been given a modern makeover but retains its present character.

The Hookers Building, on the nook of Egmont and King streets, has been present process an intensive refurbishment since October and it is anticipated to be accomplished inside the subsequent six weeks.

Ekdahl Property Administration purchased the property about 12 months in the past with the goal of returning it to its former glory whereas incorporating a modern twist. 

Mike Ekdahl stated it was a class A historic building, constructed within the 1920s, and he believed it was value saving.

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"We purchased it with the concept of preserving a character building in New Plymouth, there's not a lot of them left," he stated.

"It is value placing the trouble in to put it aside."

Ekdahl stated work had been carried out from high to backside, together with the set up of modern conveniences like LED lighting, wi-fi and digital entry.

"We have been engaged on the building from the roof down actually, we have re-roofed it, performed some earthquake strengthening and we're placing photo voltaic panels on the roof."

He stated the panels would assist provide electrical energy to the building and preserve the ability invoice down.

"We have now tried to show it right into a bit extra of a inexperienced building actually." 

Frederic's Restaurant and Bar occupies the bottom flooring of the building whereas the highest flooring has 500 sq. metres of workplace area which has additionally been revamped with a tin panel ceiling put in.

"What the tradesmen have performed is unimaginable it has been restored to a stage of a brand new building whereas retaining the character of the previous building.

"We have now performed them consistent with the period of the building."

5 of the 11 workplace areas had been tenanted.

Whereas Ekdahl would not say how a lot had been spent on the undertaking he stated anybody who had renovated an previous type villa would recognize the price concerned.

He was desperate to see the completed product in about six weeks time.

​"I am trying ahead to it alright, it is one thing that everybody may be fairly pleased with - the neighborhood and all of these concerned."

 - Stuff

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Historic building gets modern makeover but retains character - Taranaki Daily News