As a city, Auckland isn’t exactly famed for getting it right when it comes to tasteful design and development principles, but could its latest waterfront development finally see it heading in the right direction? Stage one of Wynyard Quarter has been open to the public for just over one week now and the feedback we’ve heard so far has generally been positive (apart from one disgruntled observer who commented it looks like an industrial wasteland).
If you haven’t yet had the chance to explore it for yourself, here are some new pictures to offer you a taster of what’s being dubbed Auckland waterfront’s 'cultural and social heart' — all $120 million of it. The images mark stage one of Wynyard Quarter's development, part of one of the largest waterfront urban renewal developments ever undertaken in New Zealand. Over the next 20-25 years around 29 hectares of Auckland’s waterfront within Wynyard Quarter will be transformed in stages into a harbourside community with parks and plazas, apartments, shops and offices alongside the traditional marine and fishing industries.
Project key facts
Connecting Te Wero Island with Wynyard Quarter
Started November 2010
Designer: Hyder Consulting
Construction: Brian Perry Civil
100m (L) x 6m (W)
This pedestrian and cycle bridge provides a key link between the Viaduct Harbour and Wynyard
Quarter. The bridge can be raised to accommodate passing boats.
Viaduct Events Centre
Halsey Street Extension Wharf
Started March 2010
Designer: Gordon Moller
This two storied multi-purpose exhibition space will be home to key events such as the Fashion
Show and the Boat show later this year.
Jellicoe Street (north side)
Started April 2010
Designer: Fearon Hay
As well as being an operational wharf, the new North Wharf buildings and the refurbished Old
Red Shed will provide alfresco dining.