With the debate over how best to use Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf still raging (see Ken Crosson's take here), the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) and the Government has today announced an agreement on how the area will be developed, not that they're giving too much away.
“We have reached a pragmatic and creative solution that delivers an outstanding harbourside fan zone for the Rugby World Cup, embraces the wharf’s heritage and preserves the broadest possible options and legacy for the future,” says chairman of the ARC Michael Lee.
“Aucklanders tend to debate the development of their city so passionately that it can sometimes be bewildering and indeed exasperating – especially for the rest of the country.
“But the clock is ticking. The time for talking is over, now the work begins. Delivery for the Rugby World Cup can now proceed in earnest. We will be doing everything we can to help the Government produce an outstanding and memorable experience for all,” he says.
Under the agreement, Queens Wharf will remain a Rugby World Cup fan zone in a plan and will include the much-debated Shed 10 and the temporary “cloud” structure.
But it’s goodbye to Shed 11, which will be dismantled and moved off site. Taking its place will be the “cloud” building.
The council says the work carried out on Shed 10 will ensure that it is safe, secure and visually in keeping with the fan zone for next year’s Rugby World Cup. In retaining Shed 10, the council maintains the work undertaken will respect the heritage values of the shed.
“This agreement means that after the Rugby World Cup, the new Auckland Council and its Waterfront Development Agency will be able to make considered decisions on how to achieve these long term objectives within a vision for Auckland and the whole of the waterfront,” says Lee.
Lee stands by the development decisions, calling the proposed solutions “robust”.
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