What heritage value to they have, they are hardly unique, just two not so very old storage sheds. I don't believe in the keep it beause its old mantra.However, I think they have some very interesting potential, that could respect their heritage value and also provide a great long-term solution for the wharf.
I reckon a convention centre is better suited somewhere else, they also need plenty of road access to bring equipment in and out and also parking. We should to not have roads onto the wharf. I think we should have something for Aucklanders not just for international visitors.I think there is next to nil value in keeping the sheds, at least move them somewhere else. Instead build an architecturally stunning convention centre that will be a tourist attraction in its own right and completely revitalise that part of the waterfront.
Some historical pictures:Following the formation of the Auckland Harbour Board in 1871, improvements to the Auckland waterfront were planned. Queens Wharf was part of a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of the wharves and waterfront prepared by the Auckland Harbour Board Engineer W.H. Hamer in 1904.
Construction of Queen’s Wharf commenced around 1907 when the ferry jetty was built and was completed in 1913. Five substantial cargo handling and storage sheds and a building for the Wharf Police on the wharf were progressively built between 1909 and 1914. Queens Wharf was one of the earliest reinforced concrete structures built in Auckland, designed to be strong enough to support rail carriages. The design of the wharf and sheds was designed to fully integrate transportation by rail, road and shipping.
The sheds themselves were substantial industrial buildings, designed to support huge loads and to enable efficient handling of cargo. From time to time they have also been used for a range of temporary functions such as exhibition spaces to house the Auckland Agricultural and Pastoral Show, boxing matches and choir performances.
The wharves and harbour edge that make up Auckland’s waterfront represent a pivotal aspect of Auckland’s social, industrial and engineering heritage. The
link between Auckland’s settlement history and technological development is exemplified by the 1904 harbour scheme, of which the sheds on Queens Wharf are two remaining examples. The importance of the waterfront, as a primary factor in the development of Auckland as a city, is an important theme in Auckland’s development history that needs to be reflected in any future development of this area.
The wharf and sheds form part of a group of features on Auckland’s waterfront including the Harbour Board gates and fences, bollards and rail tracks, the Ferry Building, historic buildings in the Britomart precinct and the downtown area, which represent these historic themes.
I see your point, but the similarity is extremely limited to just a basic beam shape, and that can be found everywhere. The Mercado de San Miguel has far more detail both on the interior and exterior.Hi Everyone, first post for me. Congrats on the great threads.
Some of jarbury's photos of the internal steelwork remind me of the roof of Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid.
I agree with the sentiment that rushing into something that is cheap and unsustainable in the long term is a bad idea, something that works well for the RWC doesn't mean it'll be something that will be good afterwards. The thing I like about the sheds is that they can be left as multi-functional spaces, attempting to develop a 2nd viaduct precinct won't work as I doubt Auckland can sustain it. The Viaduct struggle for a while after the America's Cup, so the same would be here.Seriously though given the timeline here keeping them for the WC by way of a spit and polish might not be the worst Idea in the world. This would give us time to think about the best use of the site as we are not going to get to many more parcels of space down by the harbour at the foot of the CBD again any time soon and would avoid spending a lot of money for a one off event.
Its also hard to see a recreation of the viaduct precinct with cafes/restaurants etc being sustainable for AKL as a whole. and frankly would be a waste of an opportunity.. Not a fan of the convention centre or hotel down there either..
What do you know dipshitAuckland:hahaha: why are you always embarrassing yourself all the time don't you know that the world is watching and having a good oleuke:at your constant cheap & nastiness, look Auckland stop trying to be a 1st world city when are only just a 3rd world cityld:
:applause:Auckland:hahaha: why are you always embarrassing yourself all the time don't you know that the world is watching and having a good oleuke:at your constant cheap & nastiness, look Auckland stop trying to be a 1st world city when are only just a 3rd world cityld: