Wellingtonians have till the end of February to tell the city council what they think about a plan for a new six-storey building in the north Kumutoto area of the waterfront.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the waterfront is fundamental to Wellington’s sense of place and it’s important that the public has a say.
“At this northern end of the waterfront we have an exciting opportunity to complete the waterfront promenade, create more attractive public spaces, and integrate this location into the life of the central city.
“The Council wants to hear what people think about the design of the proposed building, its height, and the adjacent public areas.”
Ian Pike, Chief Executive of Wellington Waterfront Ltd, says the Willis Bond & Co designs would revitalise the area, currently used for camper van parking alongside Waterloo Quay, between Waterloo Quay Apartments and the Whitmore Street entrance to the waterfront.
“The proposed six-storey building, designed by Athfield Architects, provides a good mix of commercial, retail and public areas, with five levels of office space, as well as a ‘green roof’,” says Mr Pike.
On the ground floor there would be space for cafés, restaurants and shops, with a landscaped, sheltered public area outside, and covered pedestrian walkways around the building and through the ground floor.
On the Waterloo Quay side, a sheltered public walkway from the Whitmore Street gates to opposite the Railway Station would help to complete the waterfront promenade.
The overall height of the building, while slightly higher than that suggested by the Environment Court, is regarded by the council and its advisors as generally being in scale with its neighbours. However the top floor of the new building would be stepped back on all sides so it would only be visible from a distance.
The commercial development will pay for the improvements to public space in the area and provide a return to the Council through rates and a long-term lease.
After the consultation, councillors will consider the proposed designs in early April.