Bernard Orsman

Bernard Orsman is Super City reporter for the NZ Herald.

Proposal opens up Queens Wharf

Public space with stunning views counters plan for commercial buildings.

A proposed new-look Queens Wharf.
A proposed new-look Queens Wharf.

The western side of Queens Wharf could become open space as part of plans for the downtown waterfront area.

Waterfront Auckland wants to demolish the Cloud and ferry facilities to open up the western side of the "people's wharf".

Under the development plan, Shed 11, removed from Queens Wharf to make way for the Cloud, would return as an open roofed "people's shed" for use as markets and shelter.

The shed at the end of the wharf would have a contemporary form and would assist with Shed 10's cruise ship needs, replacing the Cloud's events space with stunning harbour views.

Ferry facilities would be rejigged on an upgraded ferry basin between Queens and Princes wharves.

A $1.5 million sculpture of a state house featuring a 4.5-tonne Venetian glass chandelier costing $705,000 will be located at the end of Queens Wharf, and could be moved out to sea on its own platform in the future.

The public have still to see images of the sculpture, funded by a $1 million donation from real estate firm Barfoot & Thompson, and a ratepayer underwrite of up to $500,000.

Last week, the council called for expressions of interest from design consultants to change Quay St into a pedestrianised boulevard between Lower Hobson St and Britomart Place.

Waterfront Auckland chief executive John Dalzell said the proposition for Queens Wharf was based around public space, entertainment and cruise ship facilities, but still had to be approved by other arms of the council.

Once the proposition has been approved it will go out for public consultation.

The plan is at odds with a proposal by the owners of the Ferry Building to build two large commercial buildings on Queens Wharf in exchange for upgrading the downtown ferry terminal.

Wharf plans
• Demolish the Cloud and ferry facilities to free up the western side for public space
• Return Shed 11 at the Quay St as an open roofed 'people's shed'
• Build new shed at end of wharf to assist cruise ship facilities and for events.

- NZ Herald

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