Auckland‘s City council has rejected the latest plans for $100 million redevelopment of Queens Wharf which was scheduled to be the ‘party central’ for the Rugby World Cup to be held in 2011.
Back in November, WLA reported that the International Design Competition for Queen’s Wharf finished in controversy when no winner was awarded.
Now it seems that the new $97 million redevelopment plan have also been halted.
……that plan was rejected, and three other, cheaper plans for temporary structures also put on hold until a masterplan for the waterfront was developed, said Auckland City mayor John Banks. (New Zealand Herald)
Read more at the [SOURCE: New Zealand Herald – Mayors reject Queens Wharf funding plan]
The final concept design for the upgrade of Elliott Street in Auckland’s CBD has been approved by two Auckland City Council committees, for what will become Auckland’s first shared space street.
Shared space is at the forefront of international urban design and aims to combine rather than separate the functions of a street. Through specific design, management and maintenance, streets that incorporate shared space improve the environment for people, without needing to ban traffic.
read more at the [SOURCE: Voxy.co.nz]
Recently WLA reported on the announcement of the finalists for the Queens Wharf design competition. We have just found out that the competition has been halted and no winner will be awarded as the competition organisers (various government authorities) were not impressed with the stage 2 entries submitted.
Comments left on news sites and blogs have expressed differing views. Some stating that this is an embarrassment to hold a competition and not award a winner, while others see that it is good that the project was quashed as it was being rushed to be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. There is a general consensus however, that the budget was far too low ($47-50milllion NZD) to create a design worthy of the Auckland waterfront whilst pleasing all interests.
Voxy.co.nz quotes North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams as saying
“……they want the redevelopment to deliver on all these expectations for a miserable $47 million, which is like expecting a Sydney Opera House for the price of a temporary prefab.”
Was the design process flawed from the start? What’s your view?
For more information and reports on the Queen Wharf Competition (link to Comp website)
NZ Herald News – Queens Wharf redesign halted
Voxy.co.nz – Short Term Rushed Political Thinking Is Hijacking The Queens Wharf Dream
3News.co.nz – Auckland Queen’s Wharf designs deemed sub-standard
[IMAGE SOURCE: Queen Wharf Competition]