News and information – Proposed building for the MFC car park
“We aim to reinvigorate the municipal district of Te Ngākau and potentially pave the way for the site within the grounds of the proposed National Music Center,” said Mayor Andy Foster.
“The stunning design incorporates around 15,000 m² of new mixed-use space in the city center. Lower levels with retail or hospitality activities will attract more people and create stronger links between Civic Square Te Ngākau, Lower Cuba Street and our beautiful waterfront, ”said Mayor Foster.
Anchoring the National Music Center in this exciting new building would help ensure that the municipal district of Te Ngākau is vibrant, distinctive and an asset to all Wellingtonians, said Peter Biggs, CEO of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
“This would place Wellington and Aotearoa in New Zealand among the great musical centers of the world, on par with New York, Berlin, London and Helsinki. “
Professor Grant Guilford, Vice-Chancellor of Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, welcomes the proposed development, describing it as an exciting opportunity to advance the creation of a dynamic and innovative new music center. “We look forward to working with City Council and Willis Bond to bring this project to fruition,” said Professor Guilford.
The chairman of the council’s Pūroro Āmua planning and environment committee, councilor Iona Pannett, said the proposed development is a great example of how good design can protect the municipal district of Te Ngākau for future generations. . “Willis Bond plans to use basic insulators to help protect the building and its occupants in the event of major earthquakes and raise ground floors to cope with sea level rise due to the change. climate.
“In addition to providing a building rated at least 5 Green Star, Willis Bond plans to develop this area with much needed green spaces to make the neighborhood more welcoming and provide shade. The site will also include several accessible parking lots near the Michael Fowler Center that people can use to attend events. “
Willis Bond Director David McGuinness said it was exciting to have the opportunity to work with the Council to improve the friendliness, resilience and attractiveness of this iconic part of the capital. “Our plan is to deliver a historic building that integrates with the Michael Fowler Center, the wider civic city of Te Ngākau and major city connections. Its mixed-use design means we’ll be able to provide more of the flexible and secure spaces we badly need to serve the growing city. “
The rental of the parking lot was agreed in the 2015-25 Long Term Plan (page 62) as a way to revitalize the Te Ngākau municipal district without creating additional debt for the Council or the taxpayers.
Following a public tender process, Willis Bond was selected as the preferred development partner in 2016, but the proposal was put on hold following the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016.
The progress of the development partnership was reconfirmed this year in the Long Term Plan 2021-2031. On Thursday, officers seek Council approval to finalize the proposal with Willis Bond.
“After issuing the 2016 decision, Willis Bond with great patience, for which I thank Willis Bond, agreed to delay the finalization of the agreement so that the Council could carry out assessments of all structures of the Civic City of Te Ngākau after the Kaikoura earthquake. Subsequently, the car park was used as a temporary rehearsal space for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, while work to strengthen the St James Theater was in progress, ”said Mayor Foster.
If approval is given, Willis Bond will seek consent from the resource. If consent is given, Willis Bond plans to start work on site in late 2022 / early 2023.
The Council is working with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on how and when to dismantle the temporary studio in the MFC parking lot. The Council is also studying options for the sale of the relocatable building.