Wellington Scoop

First resource consent sought for $150m movie museum

The first of two resource consent applications for the Movie Museum and Convention Centre was lodged today by the Wellington City Council, which has agreed to pay $150m to construct the new building opposite Te Papa.

Mayor Justin Lester announced, via twitter, that the resource consent had been lodged, saying “this is going to be incredible for our city.”

The DomPost reported that the resource consent application, to the Regional Council, seeks approval for the excavation of an approximately 900 square metres basement site to enable base isolation, dewatering activities to allow for the earthworks, installation of bores for piles and for monitoring activities, and stormwater discharges from construction activities.

The report says the plans describe a base-isolated “superstructure” that will be largely steel-framed, with reinforced concrete in the-ground foundation and basement works.

A second resource consent application, for the building itself – with two storeys for the Movie Museum, and the Convention Centre on the top floor – is yet to be lodged by the City Council with the City Council.

The council approved the $150m spend 13 months ago, and the mayor said he expected an agreement to be finalised with Peter Jackson and Richard Taylor by the end of November. The delay has not been explained, but seems to be involved with design issues.

Today’s application says: “It is envisaged that the Movie Museum fit out will also commence during the course of construction, which will be undertaken by separate contractors working directly for the Movie Museum.”

The city council’s decision to spend $150m on a new building to house the personal collections of Jackson and Taylor has been a controversial one, with the Mt Victoria Residents Association last year opposing the use of public money, and questioning the absence of an open tender process.

The association’s “serious concerns” included the fact that “…there will be few benefits to most Wellington citizens, apart from mostly casual, low-paid hospitality jobs, and the growth in large conferences may not materialise in light of major government and local investments in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown.”

1 comment:

  1. Mary M, 21. September 2017, 6:29

    Actually it shouldn’t say the WCC are paying, as they are making the ratepayers pay for it. Why can’t Taylor and PJ fund this personal project themselves?