Plimmer Towers is a high-rise office and hotel complex in central Wellington, New Zealand. The building is named after John Plimmer, a major business and political personality during Wellington's early years.[1]

Plimmer Towers
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General information
TypeOffice & hotel
Architectural styleLate Modern
LocationPlimmer Steps, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates41°17′9″S 174°46′30″E / 41.28583°S 174.77500°E / -41.28583; 174.77500
Current tenantsBrother NZ, Travelodge
Completed1977
OwnerEureka Funds Management, Toga Group
Height84 metres (276 ft)
Technical details
Floor count20
Design and construction
Main contractorWilliams Construction

HistoryEdit

Originally developed by construction tycoon Arthur Williams, the building was opened in 1977 as the Williams Centre.[2] At the time of opening, it was Wellington's tallest building until 1984, when the nearby BNZ Centre opened. A second matching tower was opened in 1985.

Williams sold the building to Smart Group NZ in 1986, which was severely affected by the 1987 sharemarket crash.[2] It was later purchased by the Singaporean-based Grand Central Group in 1993,[3] by which time it was renamed the Plimmer City Centre, with the hotel section rebranded as a Copthorne.

In 2010, the complex was refurbished and repainted by its current owners, Australian-based Eureka Funds Management and the Toga Group.[4] Hotel naming rights were passed on to the Travelodge group.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Plimmer Towers - History
  2. ^ a b Arnold Pickmere (24 November 2001). "Obituary: Arthur Williams". NZ Herald.
  3. ^ Mathew Loh (27 June 1993). "Singaporeans snap up bargains". South China Morning Post.
  4. ^ Plimmer Towers - The Building

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