Designs revealed for $ 20 million Wakatu Quay development in Kaikōura
The development of Wakatu Quay was designed to present the coastal alpine views of Kaikōura.
Designs have been revealed for the $ 20 million Wakatu Quay development planned for Kaikōura.
The reception, tourism, community and events space should revitalize the north wharf, between the township and the seal colony.
The Kaikōura Marine Development Program, initiated by the Kaikōura District Council to strengthen the city’s economy, last year received $ 9.88 million for design and construction by the Provincial Growth Fund, as well an additional $ 1 million for a study on how the Port of South Bay could be improved. .
Designs by Christchurch-based architectural firm Warren and Mahoney have been released by the council for the community to provide input.
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The plans were designed for tenants such as hospitality, tourism and activity businesses, as well as space for community gathering points, events, play, walking and fishing areas, and a room for educational and cultural activities, to complement other businesses in Kaikōura.
Architects Jonathan Coote and Joseph Hampton, described as having their own ties to Kaikōura, led the design team after the firm’s appointment in May 2021.
“We are delighted to deliver the design – a series of buildings that reflect the context, people and culture of the community. It is a privilege to have been selected to re-imagine and reinvigorate the wharf, and we look forward to delivering a lasting result for Kaikōura, ”said Coote.
Program manager Chris Sturgeon said the design was an exciting step forward.
“The design and construction take into account the rugged location while drawing inspiration from the environment, our heritage and local geology.
More than 100 submissions were received on the proposal earlier this year, from young and old, as well as organizations and businesses.
The top six suggestions represented more than half of the submissions; a seafood restaurant supporting local fishermen, a tourism-oriented marine experience, educational and research elements such as a pāua hatchery or bird facility, cafes and bars, a space for public fishing and outdoor picnic or barbecue area.
Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle said he was happy to move forward with the concept design.
“This means that we are really starting to shape development, finding out what will work best for Kaikōura and what will be financially sustainable in the long run. “
The total development cost was expected to be between $ 19 million and $ 21 million, depending on the final designs and the identification of investor partners.
Expressions of interest for investors and potential tenants would open in mid-October.
To learn more or have your say, visit the Kaikōura District Council website.