A delightful piece of Auckland history, Queen's Arcade is home to an interesting mix of specialist boutique shops.
Starting life as a Queen Street mall inhabiting two separate buildings in the early 1900s, the two storey mall expanded into a third building and its current L-shape linking Queen Street and Customs Street in 1929. The original two buildings are cleverly disguised behind a single façade. Further refurbishments have added wrought-iron roof trusses and glazed roofing allowing light to filter through to the interior and the shoppers and retailers below.
Charged with the task of repainting this multi-storey interior was challenge enough, yet the contractors were also faced with the restriction of painting only at night and the need to thoroughly clean the ceiling while still abiding by the internal water restrictions. By night the contractors toiled at surface preparation and painting and thanks to their efforts and the low odour of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen, the daytime shoppers and retailers saw their surroundings transformed without any disruption to their daily routine.
Paperfaced plasterboard walls and concrete block walls were finished in durable Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen waterborne enamel, joined by a Resene Uracryl anti-graffiti system on toilet walls to protect against would be graffiti artists. The colour palette was a blend of the traditional with new colours to accent and lift the interior.
With meticulous planning and attention to detail by the team managing the makeover, it's no wonder that some Queen's Arcade retailers have been in residence since the 1930s.
Painting Contractor: TBS Fleming
Property Manager: Corporate Property Group
Resene: Mt Eden ColorShop; Meryl Southey-Brown, Colour Support Representative
From the Resene News – issue 2/2006
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