Spotlight on retail as clients sold on mixed use.

Babbage is facing increasing demand for retail and mixed-use projects, following the success of a major site development in Whangaparaoa.

The Stanmore Bay project, north of Auckland, comprising a major New World supermarket and 16 retail spaces in two blocks, has been coming on stream during 2016, with the last of the retail spaces being fitted out in November.

The project, a joint site development between Foodstuffs North Island and Finstar Management Ltd, involved the full complement of Babbage services – architecture, structural engineering, mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, geotechnical, environmental and civil engineering, as well as geotechnical laboratory services.

A co-ordinated construction document package allowed the New World store to be accelerated, delivered and trading six weeks ahead of schedule, and within budget.

“We’re proud of the outcome,” Babbage senior architect Wilson Pickering says.

“We’ve provided a landmark with an attractive, functional supermarket and diverse retail units.”

The success of the projects has got clients looking for more.

“We’re being asked by clients to provide mixed-use retail and apartment schemes that make best use of a site,” he says.

“The Whangaparaoa commercial and retail complex has demonstrated our expertise in this area.”


The brief to Babbage was to provide a well-designed, modern, attractive shopping environment, and we delivered.

The supermarket’s design is an “activated street edge” that addresses both urban integration issues and the commercial need for building presence.

The result is large glazed western and southern facades that increase the building’s presence to passing vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and creates a transparent visual attraction.

For the associated shops, the key element was diversity.

The retail units incorporate a range of external material finishes designed to fit into the surrounding residential environment. They accommodate a range of uses – including a pub and restaurants, a gym, hairdresser and a medical centre.

The design, finish and detail Babbage brought to both the supermarket and the retail units, which maximise the site’s potential, has attracted wide interest as clients look to get the best use out of their sites.

The Team

The Babbage team involved in the projects included:

  • Architecture: Richard Elliott, Wilson Pickering, Dejan Petkovic, Dusko Blazin
  • Structural engineering: Dr Victor Lam, Hamid Masoumi
  • Electrical engineering: Matthew Foskin, Tommy Lee, Vito Brkovic
  • Mechanical and hydraulic engineering: Aslam Javed
  • Civil engineering: Michael Martin, Jan Czyganowsky
  • Geotechnical engineering: Malcolm Stapleton

For more information, contact Maria Ouzuonova

09 367 4910

Spotlight On Retail As Clients Sold On Mixed Use