The cultural and social heart of Auckland’s waterfront is set to beat fiercely by mid-2011, with the expected completion of five new attractions in Wynyard Quarter. And it will be done just in time for the Rugby World Cup - assuming Kiwi’s aren’t still living in a soccer white-out in 2011.
John Dalzell, Chief Executive and Project Director of Sea+City Projects Ltd, the company managing the project on behalf of partners Auckland Regional Holdings and Auckland City Council, says people visiting Wynyard Quarter in the next 12 months will be able to see first-hand the transformation of the Jellicoe Street public space.
He says 16 hectares of land has been cleared over the past five years within the Wynyard Quarter.
“(We) have comprehensively completed planning, design and preparatory work. It is now great to see work going on above ground and to know that we’re on track to welcome people down here in time for the Rugby World Cup 2011.”
“Key areas planned to be complete include North Wharf on Jellicoe Harbour, Silo Park at the western end of Jellicoe Street and the public plaza at the eastern end. Wynyard Crossing, which connects Wynyard Quarter to the CBD and rest of the waterfront, and Auckland City Council’s Viaduct Events Centre will also be complete,” says Mr Dalzell.
Those who love the theatre (darling) might also be in luck if what Dalzell says is anything to go by.
“The possibility of having the Auckland Theatre Company make its home in Wynyard Quarter in future is also exciting. The proposal for a 600-seat main bill theatre and ASB’s 200-seat auditorium would help activate the area both day and night,” he says.
And those lucky Aucklanders might even get a tram along the waterfront. The Auckland Regional Council has given its formal support to a heritage tram project, the first phase of which will see heritage trams circuiting Wynyard Quarter and Wynyard Crossing, providing pedestrian and cycle access to Quay Street and on to the Britomart Transport Centre.
To get a bird’s eye view of Wynyard Quarter, people are being given a one-off chance to take the first ever-public tour up the distinctive ‘six-pack’ cement silo before the area is closed off for construction for more than a year.
Find out more and what’s happening at Wynyard Quarter or register for the silo tour here. If the Saturday books up, fear not, tours may run on Sunday, June 27 also.
More details of the development can be found here.