News | 3 September 2018

Our impending shift to The Terrace - an update

The first Wellington City Council staff are scheduled to shift from Civic Square to temporary offices on The Terrace after Labour Weekend in October.

The Mayor’s Office and Council meeting rooms will also be relocated to the multi-storey building at 113 The Terrace over the Christmas period. Meetings of the City Council and its committees will be held in chambers on the 16th floor of the building.

At the moment the Mayor’s Office and committee rooms are located in the Municipal Office Building (MOB) beside the Town Hall. Heavy and noisy construction work is due to start in the Town Hall in the New Year – meaning the MOB will be unsuitable for occupation.

City Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery says the shift to The Terrace, coupled with the introduction of modern flexible ways of working which will enable higher utilisation of space, means the Council can temporarily relocate without any rates impact.

“The building has a 90% NBS rating which will significantly improve our resilience as a Council, which is important given our role as a first responder in an emergency.”

Mr Lavery says while the official address of the temporary Council building is 113 The Terrace, it has convenient lift access from Lambton Quay so people will have flexibility for access.

The Council’s customer facing service centre and contact centre will relocate to retail space in the CBD. Mr Lavery says the intention is to locate the service centre to a convenient and central location.