Band Rotunda - Oriental Bay

We’re renovating the Band Rotunda in Oriental Bay.

A digital rendering of the Band Rotunda from above, with Blue sea on one side and a road with cars and pedestrians on the other.

About the project

The Rotunda has been a Wellington waterfront landmark since 1938, but was closed in 2012 due to the extensive strengthening and restoration work required.

Who we are working with

Cheops Holdings Ltd and its sister company McKee Fehl Constructors who specialise in restoring and rejuvenating historic buildings across Wellington for commercial, residential and hospitality uses. 


In 2019, following a call for expressions of interest to restore the Rotunda, the Council accepted a redevelopment proposal from Cheops Holdings Ltd, led by Maurice Clark.

The aim was to find a developer prepared to invest in the building to ensure its construction is long-lasting and suited to the marine environment. Maurice specialises in restoring and rejuvenating historic, underutilised buildings across Wellington for commercial, residential and hospitality uses. His company has an impressive award-winning redevelopment portfolio, which includes the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s head office at Stout Street, the Public Trust Building, and Press Hall precinct.

The Council’s Heritage Team has provided advice in regard to the building’s heritage features which will be an important part of the final design. 

What needs to be done

Preliminary works for the renovation of the Rotunda are underway.

As a listed heritage building the renovations will require resource consent from the Council.

Once resource consent is received, the building will undergo extensive seismic strengthening and refurbishment.

Project timing

The project is expected to be completed in late 2021.

Once completed the Rotunda will be sub-leased to a hospitality operator.