Lured by the historic enchantment of the SALT district, small businesses are returning – breathing community spirit back into a very unique part of town.
Above Your Space, at the heart of this redevelopment, has an evolving portfolio of boutique office spaces from 10-100sqm. “This was always known as the edgier part town – and it’s now getting legs,” Director Shaun Stockman says. “Rents are still lower here and the offerings are more interesting. You’re right among the hip restaurants, bars and shops.”
Shaun ensured Stockman Group’s sympathetic rebuild of these historic spaces by investing in the highest standard design. “It’s so we can still go ‘wow’ in 20 years’ time.” The backlit stencilled steel staircase and American 1930s chandeliers are such examples in the Billens building. He reminds us, as construction costs soar, these priceless city spaces are finite.
Currently, space is available at Bonnington, 225 High Street, with its original façade of grand arched windows. Common rooms are decked out with contemporary creature comforts, with a kitchen and boardroom on each level. Polished floors, high-stud ceilings, original artwork by Andrew Evans, designer lighting and the authentic rawness of concrete and steel create the vibe.
The redeveloped spaces of WL Brown and Duncans 135 also have limited space, and Ruby Black, with its gracious façade, is on track for February. Once a tenant of Above Your Space, there’s flexibility of a seamless side move to new offices within the group. “Cantabrians may forget the city took 150 years to build – in comparison, it’s shaping up quickly to be a very modern city.”
Visit www.aboveyourspace.co.nz or phone Anna Morawiec on 022 059 7620.
Tucked into the heart of the SALT District is the latest addition to a network of boutique office spaces under the banner of Above Your Space, run by Stockman Group.
Brought to the market by property investment company Southwark Equities Limited is 36-38 Southwark Street, a fantastic complex of eleven office suites of varying sizes, specifically designed for small to medium businesses. The former W L Brown engineers and foundry has been transformed into funky, modern, stylishly functional, reasonably priced, and ready to move into studios and lofts. The industrial décor and artwork are a respectful nod to the history of the buildings, using memorabilia from the family business that operated there for 50 years.
There are two boardrooms – the Burt Munro Room and the Ronnie Moore Room – that acknowledge some of the motorcycling royalty who are part of the W L Brown legacy. The boardrooms are fully wired, as are all the suites. There are showers, two shared kitchens, and many of the studios are self-contained. Two large offices look out onto the street; all of them are well lit, fully air-conditioned and can be personalised. “We’ve had a lot of interest across the board,” says Chris Gourley of Southwark Equities. “It’s ideal for professionals and creatives.”
There’s plenty of parking in the area, lockable bike racks out front, and each of the spaces are digitally accessed and alarmed. Two year leases or longer are available, flexible as your business grows, and there is space designed to accommodate a coffee shop or similar.
For viewing, contact Shaun Stockman on 021 899 623.
Office space in Christchurch central is changing. These days we are seeing a move towards shared office spaces and the benefits that it brings to incubators, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Stockman Group has taken advantage of this opportunity and brings you its newest project at 38 Southwark Street, due to be ready late-2018.
“If you want an edgy but sophisticated office environment, you have just found it,” Shaun says. The development will create an edgy office environment complemented by a café with courtyard. Sharing boardrooms, bathrooms and amenities, while still holding the integrity of your own office makes sense in these modern times where a business hub meets most companies’ requirements. The interior will have an industrial-feel with concrete ply and steel as some of the finishes.
The building will comprise eleven separate office spaces that will come furnished; a shared meeting room, reception and an open plan office area. With spaces available from 26sqm to 106sqm, there is an opportunity for all types of small to medium-sized businesses. Situated in the heart of the Christchurch rebuild, 38 Southwark Street is within walking distance to Little High and Madam Woo. With a variety of options available, contact Anna on how you can capitalise on this vibrant working space.
To discuss your requirement, phone or text Anna Morawiec on 022 059 7620, or email
Shaun Stockman was born in Lyttelton and grew up in Cass Bay. His passion and interest in heritage buildings and property investment began at age 24 when he purchased his first residential investment property, a small historic cottage in Strickland Street.
Now he is in the process of restoring the first ever historic façade he ever saved. The Ruby Black building, previously Victoria Black, is a well-known circa 1990 gem at 199-203 High Street. When the building was demolished, the previous owner Barry Watson had the foresight to prop up the small but pretty façade. The restoration is a project which is both challenging and exciting for Shaun. “The development is exciting for me because I am creative and love restoring and transforming things,” he says.
In 2001 Shaun became Director and shareholder of KPI Rothschild and all its subsidiaries. The group focused on inner city heritage buildings and, pre-quake, had restored more than 20 heritage buildings, including England Bros House, Kensington House and Stranges Building. The group has since rebuilt a replacement Stranges Building, in addition to a replacement England Bros House – now Billens Building. Stockman Group has restored again Bonnington House – an 1883 Oamaru stone building – and work is underway on the Victoria Black and Cotters Lane buildings, both circa 1900.
He founded and continues to run Stockman Group with a strong core team. This includes the Above your Space brand which serves some 50 plus smaller businesses. Shaun also enjoys contributing to the community and is particularly proud of his role as a Trustee of Cross Roads Youth with a Future Trust; a trust that works with at-risk youth in Aranui. Along with his wife Karen, they support several other local and international charities that help at-risk children.
Shaun is playing an active role in the city’s earthquake recovery. He is on the Central City Business Association’s (CCBA) executive board; the group that drove the Re:START container mall to be established in Cashel Mall and is a trustee of the Christchurch Heritage Trust which recently saved the former Trinity Church in Manchester Street.