Part B: Our work in detail

Wellington Waterfront Development Plan – 3 years (2015/16–2017/18)

Context

The Waterfront Development Plan (WDP) outlines the Council’s work programme to implement the objectives of the Wellington Waterfront Framework (2001)1 . The WDP is required by the framework and is the way the Council develops the work plan for the waterfront and approves funding for the waterfront project.

The framework requires transparency and a willingness to engage with the public about how the waterfront is developed. A balance must be set between making good progress on the waterfront and providing the public with sufficient opportunity to be involved. By consulting on the draft WDP (alongside the draft Long-term plan) the Council obtains community feedback and views on its plans for the waterfront and associated funding. Depending on the project, there will be further opportunity for consultation and obtaining feedback and views prior to the Council making final decisions on whether a particular project will proceed. In addition, most applications for resource consent are publicly notified so that provides a further opportunity for public engagement and input.

This WDP covers the 3-year period from 1 July 2015. This is the first annual review of the current 3-year plan.

What is planned for years 2 and 3 of the current 3-year planTop

There are many proposed and on-going projects, all with different complexities, and in some cases, the potential to be interrelated. Some work needs to be done sequentially because of physical requirements to maintain the waterfront experience as much as possible during construction or to coincide with neighbouring development activities. There may sometimes be financial implications that justify undertaking one piece of work before another. Further, sufficient flexibility must be built in to respond to good ideas or proposals in a timely manner, should they arise.

The following key projects are planned for years 2 and 3 of the current plan.

The Promenade: Development of the promenade as the spine that connects the waterfront is on-going. The proposed redevelopment of the North Kumutoto public space, which will coincide with the proposed redevelopment of site 10, will not only significantly improve the promenade for pedestrians and cyclists but also improve connectivity with CentrePort and the stadium to the north.

Subject to resource consent for the Site 10 building and adjacent public space, including the promenade being obtained, works will commence in 2016/17 and will be completed in 2017/18.

Refer to North Kumutoto below for further detail, including budget amounts.

Seawall and wharf maintenance: Many of the waterfront’s wharves are timber structures that are over 100 years old and require periodic maintenance to ensure they are kept to a satisfactory standard to provide sufficient levels of service appropriate to their use.

Seawalls are also critical assets, many of which date back to the early 1900s and are heritage listed as important links with Wellington’s past. The redevelopment of public space on the waterfront often provides the opportunity to undertake remedial work identified in periodic condition surveys these assets.

Further maintenance of these essential elements of the waterfront is planned for each year of the current triennium as follows:

Capex Budget ($000) 2016/17 2017/18
  $829 $1,579

Taranaki Street Wharf Precinct: The start of construction of a public toilet and change facility to complement the popular jump platform has been delayed to the first 2 months of the 2016/17 financial year. The previously proposed scope of work has been reduced and the resulting $300,000 budget saving has been re-allocated to the inclusion of a new kiosk and toilet facility in the southern end of TSB Arena to service the adjacent Frank Kitts Park children’s play area. Work is programmed to be undertaken in Quarter 1 of the 2016/17 financial year.

Capex Budget ($000): 2016/17 2017/18
  $100 $0

Frank Kitts Park Precinct: Successive Waterfront Development Plans, since 2007, have signalled the proposed redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park.

The Council approved the Garden of Beneficence design for the proposed redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park in December 2007. The design included redevelopment of the children’s playground; the lawn; and construction of the Chinese Garden, subject to the Wellington Chinese Garden Society (WCGS) meeting the costs of the Chinese Garden and Council costs being met from commercial proceeds. The project did not progress for many years due to the global financial crisis and delays in the WCGS’s fundraising.

The plan is to implement the agreed Garden of Beneficence concept design, which anticipates redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park in three parts – the Chinese Garden, the main lawn and the children’s playground. Further development of the design of the Garden of Beneficence will follow confirmation of funding.

Chinese Garden

The Wellington Chinese Garden Society and sister cities Beijing and Xiamen are funding the Chinese Garden element of the project.

Children’s playground

Revision of the children’s playground design was referred to user group consultation and feedback in mid-2014 and wider public consultation on the WDP in 2015. The resulting suggested improvements will be incorporated at the detailed design stage.

The lawn

Further consideration will be given to the central main lawn area, ensuring appropriate integration with the playground and Chinese Garden, including spaces that are protected from weather elements to optimise casual lunchtime use as well as suitable events space.

An application for resource consent for the redevelopment of Frank Kitts Park was lodged in May 2016 and is subject to public notification until 1 July 2016. A resource consent is expected to be granted in September 2016 and, subject to confirmation of external funding of the Chinese Garden, construction is intended to commence in April 2017 and take 12 months to complete. Capex sums and timing are as follows:-

Capex Budget ($000): 2016/17 2017/18
  $1,000 $4,300

Queens Wharf Precinct: Master planning for this area was completed and presented to the Council in 2011. With the exception of conversion of Shed 6 to the temporary convention centre, nothing has been progressed in the intervening period. The external refurbishment of Shed 6 and TSB Arena previously planned to be fully complete in the 2015/16 financial year will now not be fully complete until Quarter 1 of the 2016/17 financial year.

Capex Budget ($000): 2016/17 2017/18
  $1,100 $0

Following public consultation in early 2015 on a proposal to develop a commercial helicopter facility on the southern end of the outer-T along the lines of that proposed in the 2009 Blue Skies Ideas Competition, the Council’s preliminary investigations indicate that the costs of the required wharf strengthening will make the financial viability of this proposal challenging.

Kumutoto Precinct: Willis Bond and Co confirmed the development and lease agreement for Site 10 unconditional in May 2016 and following completion of subdivision, issuing of a new title and Willis Bond payment of deposit, the site was handed over to Willis Bond and its building contractor LT McGuinness for commencement of construction in June 2016.

The Council and its public space designer are advancing the developed design for the North Kumutoto public space prior to lodging an application for building consent and expected start of public space redevelopment work in late 2016.

Willis Bond and Co and the Council intend to complete the development of the building and North Kumutoto public space by mid-2018.

Capex Budget ($000): 2016/17 2017/18
  $1,600 $3,000

Motorhome Park: The proposed relocation of the Wellington Waterfront Motorhome Park to adjacent CentrePort-owned land to enable redevelopment of Site 10 did not proceed as planned due to the higher than budgeted cost of the relocation, resulting in this project not being viable.

Capex Budget ($000): 2016/17 2017/18
  $0 $0

Other capital renewals and general planning: An ongoing programme of repairs and maintenance, capital expenditure and renewals relating mainly to addressing seismic and resilience issues, public space lighting, bridge painting and historic wharf cranes repainting will be ongoing throughout the period in accordance with the Waterfront Operation’s Asset Management Plan.

Capex Budget ($000): 2016/17 2017/18
  $300 $200

How we’ll measure our performanceTop

The overall success of the waterfront will be measured by the achievement of the principles and objectives outlined in the Waterfront Framework.

The framework has set seven objectives for the waterfront:

Annual surveys of public opinion consistently show satisfaction and approval ratings in excess of 90 percent. We will continue to strive to maintain and improve these ratings.

Design outcomes will continue to be monitored by the Council’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), an independent provider of design advice for the Council. Drawing on the architecture, landscape architecture and urban design expertise of its members, TAG ensures that the framework principles have been applied consistently in the design of buildings and public spaces2.

We will also continue to put increased emphasis on our place-making activities to create an even stronger sense of place through:

1The principles and objectives of the Wellington Waterfront Framework were reviewed by the Council in 2011 and endorsed as still being a relevant and appropriate blueprint for the future of the waterfront.
2TAG was appointed by the Council in 2001 to ensure that Council decisions comply with the framework. TAG has specific advisory and recommendatory roles and functions and is also delegated decision-making on certain public space proposals.