Wynyard Quarter in Auckland New Zealand will be able to offer greater capacity and services to the superyacht industry in the future. The company responsible for managing the revitalisation of site is Sea+City Projects Ltd, and they are now open to expressions of interest, with already a few parties having shown their initial interest and working on development ideas for the 2.8ha land and water space.
Chief Executive and Project Director John Dalzell says the massive transformation project is on time and on budget, and physical work on the Jellicoe Street area will begin in earnest in the next few months. An Auckland City Council plan change for the area is also close to finalisation, and the rebuilding of the North Wharf sea wall is virtually complete.
“Aucklanders will soon see big changes in this part of Wynyard Quarter, including the restoration of the old Red Shed on Jellicoe Street and the construction of complementary small scale buildings on either side. A large public plaza will also be created at the eastern end of Jellicoe Street, near the new ASB headquarters, and close to the interim Te Wero Bridge that will connect Wynyard Quarter to the rest of the CBD waterfront. Auckland City Council’s new Events Centre on nearby Halsey Street Extension Wharf will also be a feature of this area.”
“The Jellicoe Street area will celebrate Wynyard Quarter’s working waterfront, allowing the public to get really close to fishing boats and seafood markets and restaurants at the eastern end of Jellicoe Street, and to boats and the marine industry at the western end, fronting the Westhaven water space. New public uses are planned for the silos, which will be retained as distinctive heritage features of the area, on what will be public open space.”
Work on the first stage of the waterfront axis is planned to be largely completed by the Rugby World Cup next year and linked to the rest of the CBD waterfront by the interim bridge across to Te Wero Island. This first stage includes Jellicoe Street itself, the public open space at the western end of Jellicoe Street and North Wharf, the first private site on the waters’ edge.”
Sea+City Projects Ltd was established by Auckland Regional Holdings as its agent to lead and manage the revitalisation of 18 hectares of land and waterspace in the Wynyard Quarter north of Pakenham Street. Operating in an integrated way, Sea+City Projects Ltd facilitates and undertakes private and public projects. It engages with key stakeholders, industry and the community to strategically influence, re-shape and build the urban environment in land controlled by Council entities within Wynyard Quarter.
The revitalisation will result in a mixed use, harbour-side community with parks and plazas, apartments, shops and offices alongside the traditional marine and fishing industries. Special infrastructure is planned to create the capacity for superyachts to be refitted along the western edge, earning up to $200 million a year and creating an estimated 1500 new jobs.
Currently some 3500 people work within Wynyard Quarter. This is expected to increase to 14,000 on completion.
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