The Metropolis

1 COURTHOUSE LANE, AUCKLAND CENTRAL

ABOUT THE METROPOLIS
In the opinion of many people, the Metropolis is Auckland’s most impressive building and very iconic at the same time.  The impressive entry was a former magistrate courthouse, which has now been turned in a lobby with an all time serviced front desk in it. The building behind this former courthouse has been developed by Mr. Andrew Krukziener, the director of Krukziener Properties, and then been attached between 1990 and 1999. It is comprised of about 170 apartments on 38 levels and of carspaces on five different levels.

The entry of the building with the front desk is very bright and floated with light. The walls, tiles and carpets on the floor are bright and the walkways and lobbies are carefully equipped with plants and wall lights. Furthermore, the whole building is very well maintained with a high cleaning quality and upscale standards for discerning individuals.

In the lobby, there is now free space for a hotel restaurant / bar, which  formerly existed  when the hotel was operational but has since shut down. Since there is no hotel in the Metropolis at the moment, the former hotel rooms of the hotel are actually rented as fully serviced rooms by the reception in the lobby.

There are several top facilities available for the residents of the Metropolis, such as a four-star indoor pool, a spa area, a sauna and a fully equipped gym. The pool is carefully arranged with plants and sculptures around it and with chairs to sit down and have a rest. It is next to some huge windows, which allow much sun light in this area, and there is also a small hot pool available nearby. The gym is equipped with several numbers of devices to do both endurance sports and muscle training. The facilities are available all day for the residents.

The Metropolis is a very secure building, as it is serviced by the reception 24/7.  Residents can use the elevator only with their key cards and there is also staff present inside the building to make sure, there are no non-residents in here. There are on-site managers and a concierge desk so any problem that arises is quickly solved.

Situated in the heart of the city near the Chancery, the Metropolis is close to the Auckland University and to all year round entertainment. It has a close proximity to Queen Street and its cafes, restaurants and shops as well as the nearby boutiques and restaurants of the High Street Precinct. The public traffic connections and bus stations are just a few steps to walk, and the viaduct and the ferries are all in walking distance. You can reach the motorways in a couple of minutes by car.

All those might be the reasons, why the Metropolis is very popular in Auckland City and why the apartments are usually occupied 52 weeks a year.

AVERAGE RENTS
1-bedroom: $365 – $550 | 2-bedrooms: $420 – $1200 | 3-bedrooms: $900 – $1950 | Carpark: $65 – $100 | Studio: $350 – $450

LAST TWO YEAR’S SALES
Range from $120,000 for 38 m2 to $379,000 for 67 m2

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BODY CORPORATE MINUTES 2010

  • The steam room is not operational at the moment; the costs for reparation are considered as unaffordable for this year; therefore less expensive options are being considered.
  • The time it takes for the hot water to get into the showers will be investigated.
  • The facility management services will be reviewed with the view to improving the service at the same time or at a lesser cost (next priorities: costs of service contracts and energy management).
  • The committee will investigate to replace damaged plastic moldings with more sturdy aluminium moldings or to remove them as they are no longer required.
  • Leaks mentioned as a consequence of construction defects:
  • There is a water ingress into the pool area on deck 9 and a paint peel problem resulting of the water ingress.  Also, there is a failure of the ventilation system causing condensation.
  • The waterproofing membrane failed in more than 60 places.
  • Interim proceedings against Multiplex and the Auckland City Council are issued as a consequence of those construction defects; nonetheless it has been advised to fix the leaks before the Court proceedings commence.
  • The pool is operational although not complete, the patience of residents is appreciated.
  • There are some leaks involving the curved joinery on several floors and water is getting its way into the ceiling area in all units on floor 35.  The cause is still unknown, but they are working on figuring it out.
  • A review of the air conditioning maintain program is in progress and aims to ensure all common plant and equipment is included in the maintenance contract.
  • There were some tenants breaking the rules of not having pets; this will be looked after.
  • The committee will publish the fact, that there is a non-smoking policy on the common property inside and outside the building.

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BODY CORPORATE MINUTES 2009

  • The quality of cleaning, which has always been an issue, has not improved by the time. Since the cleaning contracts were not taken over until February 2009, generating improvements was still an ongoing process.
  • An upgrade of the 10 years old PC systems has been made.
  • The body corporate is aware of the possibility, that letting agents could being subsidized by the body corporate, and tries to take measures to avoid that.
  • There is no air conditioning in the commercial units, so they subsidize the rest of the building without getting any benefit.
  • Some owners noted shower leaks, which has been referred to Multiplex to look after.
  • There was a discussion about the need to replace the outdoor escalator, which wouldn’t be allowed by the Council as a condition of the original resource content. One of the proprietors said, he had contrary information from the Council and he will forward a copy to the facility manager.
  • The sinking fund program provided for the progressive repainting of the walls throughout  common areas, as well as for stretching and replacing the carpets there.
  • There are about four weeks estimated for renewing and refurbishment:
  • Replacement of the existing ceiling above the pool (with 5 years warranty on the painting and 15 years on the villa board.
  • Re-tiling of the pool and the indoor spa pool.
  • Reparation of men’s shower.
  • Some water leaks on level 8 are already identified by water testing; some further water leaks will be investigated as soon as the weather allows another testing; other removals will follow as necessary.
  • A redevelopment of garden areas took place at the front entry.
  • The escalator replacement has been tendered and is now planned for 2010.
  • A clean down of Oamaru Stone façade and a repaint of the windows is planned for the end of 2000.
  • The water ingress into various apartments will be looked after by the main construction contractor, Multiplex.
  • The front desk is generally manned from 7 am to 11 pm.  A new mail collecting system has been invented, so the residents can collect their mail from the front desk.  So it is no longer left outside the doors both for security and aesthetic reasons.
  • A full upgrade of the CCTV system has been implemented.
  • The presence of the security team in the pool and gym area has been increased, as there was a number of non-residents using this area.
  • The hospitality industry has been working on setting standards for sustainability in the hotel sector, which relate primarily to recycling and energy use.
  • It will be investigated putting recycling bins on all the floors.
  • There are two websites existing, to inform residents and guests about relevant things that are about to happen and to give them the opportunity to tell their suggestions or any claims to the body corporate.

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