The Old Government House precinct is of national historic significance and is the highest ranking historic place in Auckland. Old Government House was the largest timber mansion in the country when completed in 1856 as a temporary residence for Governor Thomas Gore-Browne. The timber building was constructed of local materials including the use of Kauri crafted to resemble a stone building.
Archifact-architecture & conservation ltd has been engaged in the conservation of Old Government House since 2004. Work has included roof repair, foundations and upgrade of the bar area, washrooms and heating system. Archifact-architecture & conservation ltd’s responsibilities also included management of the tendering process, contract administration and site observation to ensure that works were performed in accordance with the recommendations identified in the existing conservation plan, and to conservation best practice standards. Our involvement in the different stages of this ongoing conservation process enables us to identify and respond to issues at the earliest opportunity to ensure quality and efficiency of the work.