Too high? Too big? One day for public consultation on Kumutoto plan

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Wellingtonians have until 5pm on Friday to tell the city council what they think of plans for a new building on the Kumutoto area of the waterfront.

The height of the building is one of the controversial issues associated with the plan.

The council believes that the proposed six-storey building, designed by Athfield Architects, will provides a good mix of commercial, retail and public areas, with five levels of office space. 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.

Critics of the plan are concerned that the building is higher than was suggested by the Environment Court, in an appeal brought by Waterfront Watch. They are also pushing for more open space, and protection of harbour views.

Councillors will consider the proposed designs in early April following the public consultation. To make a submission, email:


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