Arthur Holmes is a family business supplying glass and plastic jars and bottles since 1910. It had outgrown its Newtown premises in 2017 and needed a larger building as business grew. A few locations were explored and the Waione St building was chosen for its size, public exposure and double frontage access.
The initial concept was to demolish and rebuild the front office, but it was decided that it would be better to refurbish the two storey concrete building and retain the overall site configuration. A total refurb was undertaken including new interiors, warehousing and a "kaynemaile" sunscreen which wraps around the first floor façade.
RHA is currently working on the design for refurbishment of the building next door which was acquired in 2021 to provide more storage facility for the business' further expansion.