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CentrePort has “exciting” plans for nine new buildings on the waterfront

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News from Centreport
CentrePort CEO Derek Nind has announced details of an ambitious regeneration programme that will support its business objectives of building a long term sustainable and resilient business, growing freight capacity, optimising land use and enabling urban integration, strengthening relationships with stakeholders.

The finalisation last year of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake insurance claims totalling $667.2 million has given CentrePort the surety to progress regeneration plans.

Using world-class international and New Zealand expertise, CentrePort can regenerate the port and deliver a 21st century logistics asset which will deliver the best for our people, our customers, our community, and our environment.

Exciting opportunities include:

A revamped commercial port layout utilising new technology that will significantly increase cargo volumes, providing greater prosperity to the central New Zealand economy.

Opening up a new inner harbour precinct, enhancing the urban integration between the port and the city, providing more space for buildings, things to see and more waterfront to enjoy.

CentrePort already has the ‘shovels in the ground’ across a range of major infrastructure projects to deliver on its business objectives. We are keen to have a conversation with our stakeholders about the exciting possibilities in the future.

You can see more details of the regeneration programme at https://regeneration.centreport.co.nz/

Media release – Wellington Chamber of Commerce
CentrePort yesterday announced its vision for Wellington’s port and waterfront and received a positive response from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and the business attendees.

“The port plays a significant role in our city and regional economy, so to see CentrePort’s vision for the future of that space and an important part of our city gives us confidence for the future,” says John Milford, Chief Executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.

“A lot of Wellington’s appeal comes from our proximity to the water. So, adding more commercial opportunities and optimizing the use of our wharf space will add more reasons to come and enjoy the CBD. It’ll also provide better urban integration between the stadium and the railway station, and Courtenay Place precinct.

“The port is a critical piece of infrastructure for Wellington and the lower North Island. The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake showed us just how much our importers and exporters rely on the port as a link to the rest of the world.

“Adding capacity for the likes of 300,000 containers and 2.3 million logs will be an attractive opportunity for shipping companies and our businesses here in the region. It means that as businesses grow here, the freight infrastructure will be there to support them, both in exporting and importing.

The port is also forecast to support 36,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly, by 2022 and will have a GDP value of $3.5 billion.

“CentrePort’s sustainable practices should also be congratulated. They were one of the finalists at last year’s Gold Awards for their project recycling old building materials and it is important they continue to find ways innovative ways to reduce waste and their carbon emissions.

“And it is important they continue to find ways innovative ways to reduce waste and their carbon emissions. Then $15 million investment New Zealand Green Investment Finance has given them to help with the rollout of electric vehicles certainly shows they are moving in the right direction.

“We got to give credit to Derek and the whole team at CentrePort. It has been a long journey to get to this point – three years to get the insurance pay-out agreed to – but they’ve been working behind the scenes this whole time to ensure that when they did, they had a vision.

“Add to that, managing on-site earthquake damage, and the Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions, and you could say they’ve done extremely well to come up with their vision.

“The relationship between Wellington’s Port and Chamber of Commerce goes all the way back to the Chamber’s founding in 1856, when the paramount issue at the time for merchants and businesspeople was inefficient harbour infrastructure which was slowing down cargo handling processes.”

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  1. Traveller, 27. November 2020, 10:23

    Not much space for people to enjoy more of the waterfront – just buildings, buildings and more buildings. A ‘vision’ from the 1990s that does nothing to enhance our beautiful harbour.

  2. Grass Roots, 27. November 2020, 10:54

    I really don’t think they should be building anything on that land. This is a pipe dream but how about a swap deal with car yards on Kent Terrace. They only need a car park and minimal structures – then you free up land for apartments in town. This would also be the perfect place for a light rail terminal directly opposite the train station.

  3. michael, 27. November 2020, 12:31

    I think they are planning for too many buildings. Why not develop it as an big international park and start by putting the Chinese Garden there?

  4. Toni, 27. November 2020, 12:33

    I will support anything that prevents Kiwirail from destroying our harbour.

  5. Kara, 27. November 2020, 12:52

    Doesn’t anyone from the port authority remember the damage caused by the 7.8 quake? This is mostly reclaimed land and subject to severe shaking on the Mercalli scale. Far better to build on land which is more consolidated .

  6. Chris Horne, 27. November 2020, 16:36

    To put a second generation of buildings on that “reclaimed” land would be almost akin to putting buildings on quicksand. The designers, structural engineers, architects and suppliers of building materials, plus those who granted consent for the construction of the buildings, plus WCC building inspectors, responsible for over-seeing the construction of the BNZ building and the Statistics building, both of which failed during the Kaikoura ‘quake, should surely be held to account for those failures. I am not aware of any legal proceedings to prosecute the people involved. The “she’ll be right mate” attitude has caused the waste of millions of dollars spent on designing and erecting those buildings, then demolishing them after the Kaikoura earthquake.

  7. Dave B, 27. November 2020, 17:35

    Please bear in mind that we are all paying for the $667.2 million insurance payout that CentrePort has received, through our own massively-increased premiums since the Kaikoura earthquake. This money has not just materialized out of thin air. The cost of unwisely building the BNZ + Stats buildings and then knocking them down again, is ultimately being borne by all of us.

  8. Bernard Hickey, 27. November 2020, 17:43

    Let’s hope there’s plenty of residential in this. Fascinating that Centreport has a $667.2m insurance payout to play with. Would build an awful lot of apartments. [via twitter]

  9. K, 27. November 2020, 19:27

    This area will be fine for building as long as they do the same thing as they did for the wharf repairs: driving steel foundations into the ground until they reach bedrock.

  10. Dave, 28. November 2020, 7:28

    The ports company shouldn’t be getting into property speculation and should focus on solely operating and improving/expanding the port. If the land is surplus to port operations then it should be sold off and the money should be returned to its shareholding councils.

  11. Rosamund, 1. December 2020, 9:50

    I agree with ChrisH. This whole plan is a demonstration of insanity!

  12. Guy M, 2. December 2020, 7:23

    K: are you a geotechnical engineer? No? Then, on what basis do you claim the authority to say that the ground will be fine?

  13. GK, 2. December 2020, 11:10

    Guy M: The foundations of the newer buildings in this area performed well in the Kaikoura EQ (as for structure above foundation level, not necessarily…). These buildings had piles extending through liquefaction-prone reclaim fill and recent marine sediments into alluvial gravels. Expect that any new buildings in this area will have broadly similar foundations. Piling to bedrock here would be extremely unlikely as that is estimated to be >100m (no boreholes have been drilled to that depth around the port).