Hospitality – Clock Tower  

The professionalism and positive attitude of the Arts Centre team made for an enjoyable journey as Hamish Evans established his cafe Bunsen in the Clock Tower building.

The owner of Switch Espresso and Black Betty opened Bunsen on the ground floor and outdoor terrace in November 2016.

Hamish says that when they won the tender for the former Le Cafe space, they didn’t truly understood the challenges of fitting out a listed heritage building.

“It was a big project. If it wasn’t for the likes of Warren & Mahoney, Holmes Consulting and the Arts Centre teams, our challenge would have been way harder.

“The professionalism, fast correspondence and the positive attitude truly made the journey achievable and actually enjoyable.”

Restoration of the 1877 Gothic Revival building gave it a new lease of life while retaining its beautiful heritage features – including the well-known mezzanine dining area and distinctive ceiling.

Find out more about Bunsen.

Tenancy Proposal Guide Floor plans

Key features

  • Downstairs base build specifically tailored for hospitality
  • Extension of pre-earthquake mezzanine floor
  • Creation of a seismic gap between the eastern section of the Clock Tower and adjacent Mechanical Engineering building
  • Freshly landscaped outdoor terrace
  • Restoration of original wood panelling
  • Installation of replica historic chimneys, complete with reinforced strengthening
  • Restoration of interior and exterior masonry to original state

Lease info

  • Net Lettable Area: 193m²
  • Number of tenancies: 1
  • Use of premises: Hospitality
  • Milestone dates:
    Fit-out access: May 2016
    Open to public: Now open


Louise Sutherland

Arts Centre Leasing Manager

Phone: 022 364 1507