Waterfront calls for fresh designs
- Dom Post 15/03/2013
Waterfront Wellington is calling for developers to come up with new designs for its Kumutoto precinct.
New plans have to comply with a new Wellington City Council design brief.
This includes keeping one site opposite Whitmore St clear to protect view shafts through to the harbour.
The maximum height on site 10, at the northern end of the area, was reduced to 22 metres, while site 9's was lowered to 19m, and 16m at its south end.
New buildings in this area would have a range of uses and could include recreational, retail, commercial, residential and institutional uses. The uses needed to support a safe waterfront and 24-hour activity.
The brief said the character of North Kumutoto included a network of waterfront promenade and lanes connecting back to the CBD.
Any new buildings would have to be sympathetic to the scale of the surrounding heritage buildings including Shed 21 at the northern end, Sheds 11 and 13 at the southern end, the Former Eastbourne Ferry Building and the Harbour Board iron gates and raiilings.
Waterfront Wellington chief executive Ian Pike said requests for proposals had gone out to nine developers.