Shed 10 on wharf to un­dergo ma­jor re­vamp

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

A multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­fur­bish­ment will see a relic of Auck­land’s in­dus­trial past con­verted into a world-class cruise ship ter­mi­nal and events fa­cil­ity.

Work is due to start next week on the $14.6 mil­lion con­ver­sion of Shed 10 on Queens Wharf.

Built in 1913, it was used as a cargo shed un­til the 1980s.

Last year it be­came a cen­tre piece in the Rugby World Cup Fanzone.

‘‘This will build on the legacy of the Rugby World Cup and fur­ther de­velop the Water­front to un­lock the po­ten­tial of it as an as­set. It’s fun­da­men­tal to the con- tin­ued eco­nomic growth in Auck­land,’’ Water­front Auck­land man­ager of plan­ning and de­sign Rod Mar­ler says.

The bot­tom level of the shed will serve as a lug­gage col­lec­tion area for cruise ship pas­sen­gers and also as an event venue in the off­sea­son with the ca­pac­ity to hold up to 2000 guests.

The up­stairs will be a pas­sen­ger han­dling area and with a ca­pac­ity for events of 1500 peo­ple.

Cruise ships make up New Zealand’s fourth largest in­bound tourist mar­ket and is expected to grow to the third largest with 206,000 peo­ple an­tic­i­pated to arrive as pas­sen­gers in the com­ing sea­son, Auck­land Tourism Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley says.

Sydney’s ca­pac­ity for cruise ship ar­rivals is con- strained, partly be­cause many can’t sail un­der the har­bour bridge, and the com­ple­tion of the Panama Canal up­grade later in the year will see lin­ers sail­ing in the Caribbean en­ter­ing the Pa­cific, Mr O’Ri­ley says.

He says the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of the ter­mi­nal for Auck­land’s busi­nesses will be vast.

‘‘The re­plen­ish­ment of the ves­sels that are vis­it­ing is a huge busi­ness in its own right.

‘‘We’re now talk­ing to sec­tors like the food sec­tor, the marine sec­tor and the cos­met­ics sec­tor to make sure they are aware of the op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘There are more than 1000 food com­pa­nies in Auck­land and this is a chance to show­case their prod­ucts and if it stacks up it’s big busi­ness.’’

Part of the re­fur­bish­ment project has in­volved in­vest- igat­ing the build­ing’s past.

The site was a pop­u­lar place for trad­ing be­tween Maori and the first Euro­pean set­tlers.

‘‘It’s fit­ting that over a cen­tury and a half later it will be­come a cen­tre for Auck­land’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment,’’ Mr Mar­ler says.

Up­stairs is a ram­shackle of of­fices and other struc­tures all nod­ding to dif­fer­ent chap­ters in its his­tory, in­clud­ing a cafe­te­ria that is thought to have been built for work­ers as a re­sult of the 1951 water­front strike.

Mr Mar­ler says as much of the orig­i­nal ma­te­ri­als as pos­si­ble will be used in the new build­ing, in­clud­ing the shed’s solid wooden floors which will be re­stored.

Artists’ im­pres­sion: Shed 10 on Queens Wharf is to be con­verted into a multi-pur­pose cruise ship ter­mi­nal and events cen­tre.

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