Harbour Quays Masterplan, Wellington
Winner Bronze Award, Spatial Design (Built Environment), BEST Awards 2010
The new mixed-use Harbour Quays precinct will connect the CBD to Wellington’s port. Situated at a public transport hub and set against a backdrop of port activity, ferries and container shipping, the new precinct will be well-integrated with the nearby stadium and waterfront areas to create a busy and spirited extension of the city.
Incorporating a network of pedestrian pathways, landscaped streets, lanes, plazas and pocket parks surrounded by refurbished port heritage buildings and new development sites, the plan for the precinct draws its aesthetic from the industrial maritime surroundings. Detailed elements such as lighting standards, entry lights, road graphics, bollards and seats take their design cues from the port’s visual fabric.
The first landscaped area, Area A, completed in association with Wraight and Associates, consists of the beginning of the new road and pedestrian network, including the tree lined boulevard and walking promenade that will eventually link to the Wellington CBD. A pocket park sits at the centre of this area and features sculptural and colourful screens to provide protection from sun and wind. Immediately adjacent to the Wellington railway station and the Bluebridge ferry terminal, Area F, the second area completed, includes a waterfront boardwalk that will ultimately link into the wider Wellington waterfront esplanade.
The masterplan has also been developed around a strong environmental framework, with a focus on on-site treatment of storm water run-off via a comprehensive swale and rain garden network.
Client: CentrePort Ltd.