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AUCKLAND CITY HARBOUR NEWS, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
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A waterfront playground
By RHIANNON HORRELL
A world of contrast: Construction of the Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland's waterfront is moving ahead quickly. Half of the building will be open plan to allow for
exhibitions. It will also mean boats can be winched to the ceiling as a visual feature.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
North Wharf: The Waterfront Development Agency has
signed a memorandum of understanding with potential
tenants for the new North Wharf building.
New-look waterfront: A series of wide steps will link new
open space areas with the Viaduct.
AUCKLAND'S unfinished Viaduct
Events Centre is in hot demand
with booking queries for events
stretching out to 2017.
The building is part of rapid prog-
ress around Wynyard Quarter,
which is dramatically changing the
face of Auckland's waterfront.
The scope of work includes the
North Wharf complex, Silo Park, a
historic tramline, a superyacht
facility, several open space areas
and a complete overhaul of Jellicoe
St.Waterfront Auckland chief execu-
tive John Dalzell says about 1000
construction staff are based on site
to see a large portion of work fin-
ished for September's Rugby World
He says a memorandum of under-
standing has been signed with
potential tenants for the North
It hasn't been commissioned to
compete with the Viaduct. It will
feature restaurants and family eat-
A huge component is keeping the
historical elements including those
from the marine and fishing indus-
A set of six Golden Bay grain silos
are set to remain and there are
plans to light up the silos or have
images projected on the sides of
Mr Dalzell says some of leases on
Wynyard Point don't expire until
2016 and so development of 4.25
hectares of green space, to be called
Headland Park, may occur when
the tenants vacate.
There's been a lot of shuffling of
Areas of contaminated soil are
being dealt with and remnants of an
old boat have been found in the har-
bour during construction.
The Viaduct Events Centre is on
target for completion in July or
August and features 14 waved roof
trusses, each weighing 45 tonnes.
Centre manager Craig Furlong
says the venue will host Fashion
Week, the Auckland International
Boat Show and a number of world
It's a multi-purpose events cen-
tre. We have a number of corporate
clients and conferences booked. It
will be a great asset.''
The three-level structure features
an exhibition and banquet space, a
meeting space and catering facili-
A temporary pedestrian and cycle
bridge is also under way to link
downtown Auckland with Wynyard
Waterfront Development Agency
chairman Bob Harvey is looking for-
ward to a dazzling transformation.
It's long overdue. Aucklanders
have missed out on a spectacular
Mr Harvey says in particular he
is looking forward to the use of pub-
lic space. People won't have to
bring their wallets to enjoy it. It will
be a playground for Aucklanders.''
and www.viaductevents.co.nz for
PRESERVATION SOCIETY CONCERNS
Concerns have been raised by the
Art Deco Preservation Society over
the future of eight character
buildings in the area despite fast-
moving progress on Wynyard
Members of the society made a
presentation to the Waitemata
Local Board earlier this month to
appeal for support of board
The board agreed it would be
mindful of growing public concern
about the loss of Auckland's built
character and heritage buildings
and it supported the Art Deco
Society and the New Zealand
Historic Places Trust.
Society chairwoman Dorothy
McHattie told the board only some
of the buildings in the area have
been deemed worthy of protection,
leaving eight off the list.
''For the council to write this off
in five minutes seems to be very
Waitemata and Gulf councillor
Mike Lee, former chairman of the
Auckland Regional Council, told the
board it's important to protect
Auckland's maritime heritage.
He also said of the proposed
tramway: ''It would be nice to think
that that tramway will not be
running though a sterile
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