Bringing life back into Hamilton CBD
Entrepreneurial property developers, Chris and Ben Dinan are breathing life and soul into the heart of Hamilton city’s central business district.
Local Hamiltonians, the Dinan brothers have embarked upon a mission to infuse the city with vibrancy by developing quality and affordable inner city apartment living.
“In the particular areas that we have been building there have been a lot of older industrial buildings replaced with more vibrant buildings,” says Chris. “There were once derelicts homes and commercial yards. We’re slowly removing all of that injecting it with vibrant inner city concepts.”
Chris and Ben’s vision is to enable city workers to enjoy the fruits of inner city living – the cafes, bars and restaurants, music venues, theatres and sports stadiums – while having the ability to lock up and head to the weekend bach.
The brothers established CBD Developments Ltd some three years ago, bringing together 45 years of collective experience in the construction industry within New Zealand and abroad.
Working for large overseas companies they gained valuable experience as project and construction managers working on Heathrow’s Terminal 5, the Bee Gees London mansion and a billion dollar 72-storey tower in central London.
Now Hamilton is gaining the beneﬁt of their experience within the industry, their passion for the city and vision for inner city living. “Bringing life back into the inner city is also a vision of the Hamilton City Council,” says Chris.
“We’ve given it a good kick-start and it’s working – it’s happening. Once we got going with our apartments people have certainly bought into the idea of inner city living and vibrancy has come back into the city.”
Affordability and quality are uncompromising hallmarks of CBD Developments inner city apartments – it’s a reputation the brothers are proud of.
“We’re now on to our third residential apartment block build in the CBD – Vialou being the ﬁrst and 521 Anglesea Street the second.
“Now we’re working on 118 Rostrevor Street. Although they are affordable homes, they’re also built to a high spec using high end materials and claddings.”
CBD’s latest development in Rostrevor Street will again be comprised of three levels, with the 252sqm bottom ﬂoor earmarked for commercial ofﬁce space. The block will consist of 15 high-end bespoke two and three bedroom apartments.
As with the previous two apartment blocks, each apartment comes with its own spacious deck consisting of at least 12sqm.
Chris explains that a walk down Williams Street in Brisbane, past the historic Treasury Casino building provided the inspiration for Rostrevor Streets external cladding. “It was a vibrant marble effect but quite old school.
“We wanted to create that effect but modernise it. So we’ve taken that concept, modernised it using Hinuera stone cladding, quarried from the hills in the Waikato.”
CBD won the 2016 Property Council of New Zealand’s Urban Design and Architectural Merit award—strong afﬁrmation of Chris and Ben’s concept for inner city living.
“We’re here, we’re here for a long duration and we will be building buildings that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”