Whitcoulls Queen Street

Escalators and store upgrade


  • Client: Whitcoulls
  • Project Type: Building Renovation

About this Project

Whitcoulls Queen st  is a landmark heritage building on the corner of Queen and Victoria streets.

Gulf Projects compleated a 3 million dollar make over working closely with the Historic Places Trust and Auckland council with the aim of Witcoulls having the best book and stationery store in the southern hemisphere. 

The work programme was scheduled to ensure the store could remain open for business throughout the renovations.

We removed 6 escalators (At the time some of the oldest operating escalators in the country) and re-fitted 4 new ones
The old Escalators were disconnected then rolled across a suspended floor, then through a section of the shop front where we had removed the glass..
The new escalators each weighed 9 tonnes were brought in the same way. Also installed was a new modern service lift to the outside of the building, that operated to the third floor and a dumb waiter that operated from the basement to the third floor.


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