Have Your Say: North Kumutoto Waterfront

21 January 2014

We want to hear your views on new concept designs for a building and public space in the north Kumutoto area of Wellington's waterfront.

Artist impression Kumutoto Wharf.

Wellingtonians have until 5pm, Friday 28 February to have a say.

Ian Pike, Chief Executive of Wellington Waterfront Ltd, says the Council wants to hear what people think about the proposed designs for this part of the Kumutoto precinct, including the height of the building and public areas.

“The Willis Bond & Co designs would revitalise the area that’s 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’.”

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 as generally being in scale with its neighbours. The top floor of the building is 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.

“This proposal meets the objectives of the Wellington Waterfront Framework and offers unique opportunities for activity and recreation, and to integrate this location into the CBD,” says Ian Pike.

Councillors will further consider the proposed designs in early April following consultation. Check out the display at the Wellington Waterfront offices in Shed 6 or look out for their information container on the waterfront. For more information and to make a submission: