Lyall Bay Sea Wall Repairs

We are restoring and repairing the heritage Lyall Bay Sea Wall.

View of Lyall Bay from the footpath, behind the seawall. The western headland can be seen in the distance.


The 160m long seawall on Lyall Parade was designed by Wellington City Council engineers in 1931 and constructed in 1932 by men employed under the public works ‘relief schemes’ of the Great Depression. The sea wall is listed as a heritage structure protected by Wellington City Council's District Plan. 

About the project

The condition of the sea wall has deteriorated over time and contractors are strengthening the foundations and anchoring the existing seawall while maintaining the wall’s heritage. 

What we are doing

  • Strengthening the foundation of the seawall 
  • Anchoring the existing structure
  • Extending the stormwater pipe past the sand dunes 

We will be completing the work in three sections to minimise disruption to pedestrians and traffic.

Progress so far

  • Completed construction of reinforced steel 'cages' offsite
  • Excavated the first two sections
  • Removed sand dune along both sections
  • Propped up existing seawall and removed concrete below seawall footing
  • Received heritage permit and consent approval to complete the concrete repair works and the stormwater pipe extension.

What to expect

  • Works will be completed in three sections to minimise disruption to pedestrians and vehicles.
  • While we are working in one section we will place cones to block nearby parking spaces. Please don't move the cones or park your vehicle in these spaces. If you are unsure about whether you need to move your vehicle please contact the contractor on site.
  • The footpath around the works will be closed but there will be an alternative pathway for pedestrians around the construction site with road cones.
  • Please keep a safe distance from the construction activity.

We thank you for your patience.


History of the area

For more information, see the Wellington City Heritage website.

Need help?

Jone Sumasafu – Civil/structures Project Engineer