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The Exceptional Clyde Quay Wharf Opens to the Public

18 June 2014.
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Clyde Quay Wharf, the largest private development in New Zealand, was officially reopened today by Her Worship the Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, following six years of intense planning and two and a half years of strengthening, conservation and construction.

The regenerated wharf provides the missing link on Wellington’s promenade from the inner city to Oriental Bay. Wellingtonians can walk the full perimeter of the wharf or through either of the building’s two cut-through porticos. At the northern end are a fishing jetty and a public viewing deck.

“There has been a huge amount of work since we signed the contract to redevelop this important site,” says Mayor Wade-Brown. “The final build is a very attractive rebirth of Clyde Quay Wharf. Public accessibility, premier housing and architectural merit combine to make this landmark redeveloped.

“I congratulate Willis Bond & Co and their project partners and thank them for doing such a superb job.”

Willis Bond & Co successfully delivered the $180m project, enlisting Athfield Architects for the design, LT McGuinness as the building contractors and Dunning Thornton as structural and seismic experts, following an agreement reached with Wellington Waterfront Limited.

A project of immense scale, the 250m long building has involved more than 1,000 workers over the past two years, with an additional 300 consultants, designers and experts collaborating on the project off-site. The team engaged cutting-edge construction and design techniques to deliver the international-standard development in its unique position in Wellington Harbour in excess of 100% of the Building Code.

Mark McGuinness, Managing Director of Willis Bond & Co, said: “It is immensely rewarding to be part of a project that has injected hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy, as well as kept key skills in Wellington during the Global Financial Crisis. The project has been the largest private development underway in New Zealand and shows that although Wellington tends to fly below the radar nationally, it is moving forward and progressing.”

Standing strong on the wharf’s 200 new concrete piles, the stunning new building combines a mixture of 76 residential apartments on its upper levels, as well as a gym, new hub for Chaffers Marina berth holders and prime office space on its ground floor. Mojo Coffee and The White House Restaurant are set to open new concept eateries at the southern end of the complex in July, while many of the residents have already moved in.

David McGuinness, Project Director, said: “The driver for this development was to create a international-standard building that will stand the test of time and be an exciting and vibrant place for people to live, work and visit.”

The Clyde Quay Wharf development replaces the Overseas Passenger Terminal, but its design references the former building and a number of heritage items have been salvaged and reused including the iconic spire, many of the original piles and four large mosaics, which are now featured in the two cut-through porticos.