- Much improved city-to-water connections including, the opening up of views and better pedestrian linkages
A Chinese garden that will deliver on the city’s long-standing sister city obligations
Events space for small to medium sized activities will be improved
Greatly enhanced safety with particular regard to the children’s playground and the Jervois Quay edge of the Park
The Wellington Chinese Garden Society will be responsible for funding the Chinese Garden (pictured below) with the remainder of the redevelopment costs (estimated to be up to million) being met by Wellington Waterfront Limited through commercial proceeds from the Waterfront Project.
“The jury was impressed by the clear structure of this design, which makes it at once an integral whole, simple to understand spatially, robust in terms of further refinement and interesting to experience,” said Jury Convenor, Dr Catherin Bull.
“While apparently simple, the design’s skilful organisation of form and space works – resolving interface issues, successfully organising usable spaces and integrating the site with its surroundings. It also creates more exciting and useable spaces throughout,” she said.
Megan Wraight, principal of Wraight & Associates Ltd, was part of the team that designed the multi-award winning Waitangi Park.
“We were delighted with the standard of entries in this competition and are excited by the outcome,” said Ian Pike, Chief Executive of Wellington Waterfront Limited. “We now look forward to working with the winning team to further develop their design in line with the very useful comments and recommendations provided by the competition jury.
“Of course, in addition to this work, there are a number of other processes yet to be undertaken: Council approval, resource consent applications, contract letting, the Chinese Garden Society has fund-raising to do, etc. So even with the best will in the world, it is likely that no soil will be turned until 2009,” he added.
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REMAINDER OF KUMUTOTO PUBLIC SPACE OPENED
On Wednesday 5 December, Mayor Kerry Prendergast, with bolt-cutters in hand, officially opened the newly completed Kumutoto Public Space.
"This is a project of which we can all be extremely proud and one which has seen a previously barren, windswept car park transformed into a fantastic new gathering place for people. It has been particularly pleasing to note how the public immediately started to use those spaces that have already opening up – so congratulations to all involved."
"These developments bode well for those yet to come for Sites 8, 9 and 10 in this area, as is only right, the standard has been set extremely high," she said.
Developments in this area have included:
- A new bridge linking the two sections of the old Tug Wharf and the waterfront promenade
- Two plaza spaces, one to the southern side of the new Meridian Building and the other to the north-eastern face of the building
- Declamation of the land adjacent to what is now the Kumutoto Stream mouth
- A new floating pontoon and landing pier for the East By West Ferry service
- The development of new lane ways and entry points to the waterfront at Waring Taylor and Johnson Streets
- The earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of Shed 13
The name ‘Kumutoto’ was chosen for the area in recognition of the Kumutoto Stream which nowadays enters the harbour at this point. Before the reclamations this stream, which originates in Kelburn, used to enter that harbour at what is today the junction of Woodward Street and Lambton Quay – which was also once a favoured meeting point for Maori. Kumutoto was also the name given to an adjacent Pa, occupied by Te Atiawa.
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MORE NEW BUSINESSES SET TO ARRIVE ON THE WATERFRONT
The ground floor of the recently completed Meridian Building is soon to be occupied by some exciting new businesses – a couple that are totally new to Wellington and another two long established local favourites!
Opening on 4 January 2007 at the beginning of the new working year, Mojo Coffee (artist's impression, below) is set to serve the requirements of the waterfront’s discerning coffee drinkers with their newest Wellington outlet.
For more information about Mojo visit www.mojocoffeecartel.com
Shortly thereafter, the administrative and ticketing office for the Dominion Post Ferry is also set to open in this space – this, along with the new floating platform and landing pier, certainly enhances their existing services. Their website www.eastbywest.co.nz is also worth a visit!
A little later in the year, two businesses that are totally new to Wellington also arrive on the waterfront – Wagamama and the Eon Design Centre.
Wagamama is a global restaurant brand, first established in London’s Bloomsbury in 1992, they now host more than 80 outlets world-wide. Wagamama is all about celebrating consistency and quality in everything they do. Their ethos is ‘to combine great, fresh and nutritious food in a sleek yet simple setting with helpful, friendly service and value for money’.
Eon Design Centre’s ethos is to provide an accessible environment that inspires innovation and creates opportunities for New Zealand designers. They provide a space where people are participants, not spectators, and can feel comfortable interacting with design. Patrons are encouraged to discover how objects interact with each other and the space in which they exist. Eon has a belief that the objects around you, should speak about who you are.
We will have more to say about these exciting new businesses in the New Year – but in the meantime, if you wish to know more, check out their web sites: www.wagamama.co.nz and www.eon.co.nz
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KEEPING UP WITH DEVELOPMENTS
Kumutoto Sites 8, 9 & 10 Design Competition - The winning design(s) will be announced in February 2008.
Overseas Passenger Terminal Redevelopment -An application for resource consent has been lodged with the Greater Wellington Regional Council. This was publicly notified on 13 October 2007 with public submissions on the application closing on 12 November. At this stage a date for the resource consent hearing has yet to be set.
Hilton Hotel Development – Queens Wharf Outer-T - A decision from the Environment Court is still pending.
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WATERFRONT PROJECTS WIN MORE AWARDS
Two waterfront projects were recently recognised for the quality of their design and workmanship, winning their respective sections of the NZIA Resene Wellington Local Awards for Architecture:
Heritage & Conservation – Shed 13 (A Craig Craig Moller project)
Urban Design – Len Lye Water Whirler Pier (An Athfield Architects Ltd project)
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PLAUDITS FROM INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
It seems that it is not only Wellingtonians that regard the waterfront with high regard – as can be noted by two recent quotes from overseas visitors on the Feedback Forms in the Waterfront Project Information Centre (Ground Floor, Shed 6, Queens Wharf):
"Wellington waterfront is lovely – keep up the good work" – Margarita Tully, Dublin, Ireland
"Excellent. A great place to be! Wonderful to see so much public space" – Terry Betteridge, Pullenvale, Queensland, Australia
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SCULPTURES ON THE FOUR PLINTHS
You may have already noticed the silver trees that have sprung up between Circa Theatre and Te Papa. Called ‘Green Islands’, the sculptures were designed by Wellington artist Regan Gentry as part of the Wellington Sculpture Trust’s Four Plinths Project – proudly sponsored by Wellington Waterfront Limited.
The sculpture is a commentary on the absence of vegetation in the area and the desire to introduce it" said Neil Plimmer, Chairman of the Wellington Sculpture Trust. "Regan has turned the four plinths into islands of green in an area where there is no greenery. The irony is they aren’t even green" he added.
The installation will come down temporarily during the New Zealand International Arts Festival when the site is used for another project. ‘Green Islands’ will then be reinstated and remain on site until the next Festival in 2010, when another sculpture will be chosen for the site.
We thank you for your continued interest in the waterfront and look forward to keeping you up-to-date with developments in 2008. In the meantime, we wish you only the very best of season’s greetings – have an excellent Christmas and a great New Year – take care out there!
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