TeachersCouncil2021 blog

Teaching Council

Teaching Council: Fast-track delivery

28 November 2021, by Chris Ware

When the Teaching Council of Aotearoa NZ – the professional body for teachers in early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling – needed support finding a new solution for their head office of 100+ staff by the end of 2020, TwentyTwo jumped into action…

The scope:

  • Space required: Minimum 1200m2
  • Special requirements: Single floor and NBS of 80% +
  • Delivery date: By Q2 2021

Teaching Council first approached us seeking advice about how they could obtain more certainty from their existing landlord to complete overdue seismic works as their lease renewal quickly approached. Like a lot of Wellington buildings, 80 Boulcott Street had been assessed as needing significant works to bring it up to a higher NBS standard. Getting an offshore landlord through a NZ-based property manager to provide certainty on the scope and intrusiveness of these works and the timeframes, was challenging.

It became clear that finding an acceptable solution to remain in the building was going to prove difficult. At this point, the Teaching Council asked us to start a new procurement process to identify alternative options. 

“The significant reduction in the overall NBS for the current building led the Council to seek alternative accommodation as quickly as possible. The desired timeframe was a lot quicker than normal” says TwentyTwo’s Associate Principal Chris Ware. Chris spent the run-up to Christmas 2020 researching options, undertaking site inspections, completing further due diligence to remove as much risk as possible to then quickly start negotiations with a preferred option and document final terms. “Even post-C-19 the market remained very tight so it was a challenge identifying suitable options and moving fast enough to secure an option”.

However, with clear guidance from the Teaching Council, by the New Year, substantial progress had been made. Level 11, 7 Waterloo Quay was confirmed as the preferred option, high-level terms were agreed upon, other first rights of refusal were removed through negotiation (that would have otherwise resulted in delayed landlord approvals) and Argosy Property Limited and Teaching Council commenced finalising the Agreement to Lease and Lease documentation. The design workstream was initiated shortly after. The final terms for the new lease were concluded in late February 2021.

“Normally, a similar project would run over a longer period – we would take a month or two to do a site search, procurement, due diligence, and then a couple of months again to negotiate commercial terms and documentation, depending on the complexities involved. The design workstream then continues as the project shifts into delivery mode. 

“In this case, we took a gamble on time, knowing the lease expiry and commencement date deadlines, but backing the design and delivery team to squeeze up their programme to allow Teaching Council to shift as proposed” says Chris. For this project, the stars aligned, and a tailwind certainly helped reach a successful finishing point. 

“In the end, it’s the perfect space for them that came up at the perfect time, as there were very few other single-floor options that would have worked. Their previous space at 80 Boulcott Street was over two floors and far more space than they needed. So 1200m2 over one floor was ideal.” The beauty of the floor – which also helped the delivery team move fast – was that the landlord had already completed all the landlord’s base build works in terms of carpet, ceilings, lights etc… giving Teaching Council a blank canvas to move in and do their work.

Measured by design

After a full procurement process, Workspace Architects were chosen for the office design, which had a big focus on recognising and incorporating Te Ao Māori. With the building being long and narrow, everybody has a view, either over Parliament or the harbour. “The entry was important to them” says Chris, “to bring staff and visitors in, but equally bring staff together. So they took the time to get the design right”.

The Teaching Council moved into their new space in August 2021. 

“It is always satisfying when we not only help a client solve a problem/develop a new solution, but do it in quick time and get a great commercial and workplace outcome”.

“Without the expert help from TwentyTwo, the Teaching Council would never have been able to negotiate the challenges of finding space and negotiating acceptable terms in the time available. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again” says Teaching Council’s CFO Ian McEwan.


About the author

Two boys and a wife. Runs, bikes, lifts stuff. Wannabe chippie. Renovates. Played right back. Too many headers.

Chris has worked across tenant and landlord representative roles and consultancy and client-side roles since 2008, most recently for the Ministry of Health. Since joining TwentyTwo in early 2014, Chris has specialised in tenant representation, leasing/premises procurement, negotiation and project leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in Management.

Other posts by this author...

07 April 2022

Office fitout project – what are the delivery options?

Your premises search and lease negotiations are complete, you have a general understanding of the next steps and a ‘bums on seats’ target date to meet.


04 August 2021

TwentyTwo helps negotiate new property solution for Northpower

In 2019, Northpower engaged TwentyTwo to help secure a new Wellington site for their team and consolidate their operations onto one location.


15 April 2021

When leasing a commercial property, who is responsible for the heating and lift maintenance?

Ensure your expectations match your landlords and you’re not left in the cold.


18 November 2019

Thinking of leasing or buying new premises in 2020?

 TwentyTwo's Chris Ware on what you need to consider before you start looking at property options, to ensure you get the best outcome for your organisaton.


18 May 2017

Intergen – a standout in our high-tech capital

Wellington has an international reputation as a technology hotbed – and for being home to some of the leading innovators in this growing sector.


29 April 2016

The Premises Condition Report – why you should really pay attention

Limiting your reinstatement obligations is a key objective for any leaseholder.


26 January 2016

TwentyTwo helps reshape Intergen’s future in Wellington

Following on from our work with Intergen to deliver an all-in-one premises procurement, workplace planning and design solution in Auckland, TwentyTwo has now led the procurement of new office space in Wellington.


22 October 2015

Lease negotiation + workplace planning = high-value solution

Leading New Zealand IT business Intergen engaged TwentyTwo in February 2015 to deliver an all-in-one premises procurement, workplace planning and design solution to deliver a new location for its Auckland operation by December 2015.


04 June 2015

Sports on the move in Auckland

After working with Sport New Zealand to develop a framework to house sporting agencies in one location and develop a 'Sports Hub', TwentyTwo has helped Sport NZTriathlon NZAktive Sport and Hockey NZ to secure a lease for new premises in Eden Business Park.