Shed 10 on wharf to undergo major revamp
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.