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Headquarters premises in Auckland’s Viaduct up for sale

The ‘pop up’ premises that for the past five years has been the home of one of Auckland’s most infamous hospitality venues – the Headquarters in the Viaduct Basin – has been placed on the market.

Originally established as a temporary central city venue for the Lions rugby tour in 2017, the 675sqm structure at 115 Customs Street West is being put up for sale by outspoken hospitality industry stalwart Leo Molloy because the ground lease on the land it sits on expires in May this year.

Jason Hayde and Bayleys Auckland Central colleague Paul Dixon are marketing the building, and its numerous assets, on an ‘as is where is’ basis, inviting expressions of interest closing at 4pm, Wednesday March 2.

“The building would be ideal for a new pop up or permanent hospitality fixture and comes with everything you need to get started,” says Bayleys.

“Equally, it could make fantastic commercial space for other uses such as conferences, product launches or large-scale events, with potential also for industrial or private residential use. It could be customised for just about any purpose.”

The building has been constructed on three floating concrete foundation beams and measures 70x70x30m.

“The structure has not penetrated the ground, instead resting on six-metre centre bearers and joists, with a polystyrene and concrete slab foundation at the rear for bathrooms and chillers,” says Dixon. “The entire building weighs around 80 tonnes and would be relatively straight forward to move.”

Offerings include:

  • A large open plan building with a mix of high and lower stud heights throughout providing versatility and flexibility for future uses.
  • Indoor/outdoor flow with numerous entrances into the building.
  • A highly equipped commercial kitchen.
  • Digital display screens for parties and sports events.

Dixon says the building has a proven history as a high-functioning hospitality venue since Leo Molloy was offered the opportunity in October 2016 by the landowner Viaduct Harbour Holdings to occupy the site on the condition that he had the bar and restaurant open in time for the British and Irish Lions rugby tour six months later.

Molloy says he is selling the building and assets to focus on other business interests, including other hospitality venues in the Viaduct.

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