Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


North Kumutoto consultation starts today

21 January 2014

Wellington City Council is seeking the public’s views from today (Tuesday 21 January) on the proposed Willis Bond & Co concept design for a new building in the north Kumutoto area of Wellington’s waterfront, and on options for nearby public space.

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

Willis Bond was chosen by Wellington Waterfront Ltd (WWL) as the preferred developer of Site 10 in the Kumutoto precinct after a rigorous selection and evaluation process that included not only assessment by WWL and Council officers, but also the Council’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and independent experts.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the waterfront is fundamental to Wellington’s sense of place and it’s important that the public has a say.

“At this northern end of the waterfront we have an exciting opportunity to complete the waterfront promenade, create more attractive public spaces, and integrate this location into the life of the central city.

“The Council wants to hear what people think about the preliminary concept design of the proposed building, and adjacent public areas.”

WWL Chief Executive Ian Pike says: “The Willis Bond proposal would revitalise the area that’s currently used for motorhome 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’.”

It includes a three-storey high civic portico entry to the building, complemented by high-quality landscaped public space. There would be a landscaped, sheltered public area outside, and covered pedestrian walkways around the building and through the ground floor.

On the Waterloo Quay side, a building colonnade will provide a sheltered public walkway and cycleway from the Whitmore Street gates to opposite the railway station.

The overall height of the building, while higher than the suggestion in the Environment Court decision, 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.

Councillor Andy Foster, Chair of the Transport and Urban Design Committee, says the commercial development by Willis Bond will pay for the improvements to adjacent public space (including Site 8) and provide a return to the Council through rates and a long-term lease.

“The proposal will revitalise this part of the waterfront and extend the city’s unique opportunities for recreation, cultural activities and employment.”

Councillors will further consider the proposed designs in early April following the public consultation.

Submissions can be made on the Council’s website at www.Wellington.govt.nz/kumutoto

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Cannabis Party: Treasury Figures On Cost Of Criminalisation

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms. More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Investigation Into Mental Health Facilities Shows Disarray

The Health Minister must urgently launch an inquiry into mental health services, after serious issues with the standard of care at mental health and disability facilities around the country were revealed today, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

Apparently He Means 'Years 0-8': Seymour Announces 4th Partnership Schools Application Round

“The continuing growth of this policy reflects the achievement of the eight existing Partnership Schools, and the strong levels of interest educators and community leaders are showing in the Partnership Schools model and what it offers students and their families,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

Trust Directors: Urban Māori Win Case Against Te Ohu Kai Moana

The National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) and Te Waipareira Trust have succeeded in their claim over a $20 million trust set up for the benefit of urban Māori, meaning all directors of the trust must represent Māori who are not affiliated with an iwi. More>>

New Model: Carbon Tax Could Lower Emissions And Boost Economy

A carbon tax targeting emissions-intensive industries, along with a revamped Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), could boost economic growth, with the extra tax generated used to cut GST from 15 percent to 12.5 percent. More>>

ALSO:

Budget Docs Release: ACC Sought $158mn In Budget 2016, Got $26.4mn

The Accident Compensation Commission requested an extra $158 million in funding for 2016/17 from the government ahead of Budget 2016, but Treasury instead recommended an interim payment of just $26.4 million be funded to tackle demographic changes, papers published by the government show. More>>

ALSO:

Submissions Sought: Māori Party Joins Opposition Housing Inquiry

People who are homeless, those who were once homeless, those working with the homeless and concerned New Zealanders are being asked to share their experiences and solutions to this growing issue with the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news