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Giltrap opens new $40m HQ in Auckland

New Zealand's top motor vehicle dealership the Giltrap Group has new $40 million New Zealand headquarters and an executive said the business was "blown away" by the new building.

Michael Giltrap, group joint managing director with his brother Richard, said Warren and Mahoney's design of the new Auckland building, 119 GNR, was way beyond what they had ever anticipated.

"We had high expectations but we're blown away by it. It's a great place for customers," Giltrap said from the foyer of the building on Great North Rd in Newton.

"Warren and Mahoney have produced a design which perfectly showcases some of the world's most beautiful cars. At the same time, it is the most technologically impressive and environmentally friendly building of its type in the country," Giltrap said, referring to 119 GNR's 5-star Green Star design rating.

Jonathan Hewlett, who led the Warren and Mahoney team, said the building aimed to create jewellery boxes to showcase the three top brands which are sold from there: Aston Martin, Bentley and Lamborghini.

"The showroom was conceived as three jewellery boxes with glazing that wraps around on the sides," Hewlett said.

Giltrap Group has significant land holdings on both sides of Great North Rd near the Ponsonby Rd intersection, due to the foresight of founder Sir Colin Giltrap. The new 119 GNR is named after its eponymous Great North Rd address.

Michael Giltrap said land ownership was a big bonus to the business which sells New Zealand's top luxury car brands.

"We sort of always thought where possible we will own the land. It just so happens the car business has helped pay the rent. When you are developing big dealerships like this, you want to own the land. A lot of the cars are bespoke so you have to the bespoke experience."

The nine-level building has five levels above ground.

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