Winning wharf redevelopment a ‘construction masterpiece’

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It’s one of Wellington’s most exclusive residential addresses, known for its simple, elegant design and high quality construction, that celebrates the very best of the capital’s views, sun and light from its unique position on Wellington’s waterfront.

Clyde Quay Wharf — the redevelopment created by the construction team of LT McGuinness, architect firm Athfield Architects, and engineers Dunning Thornton — recently took out the top prize at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards against 33 of the country’s premium commercial properties.

Judges praised the mix of old and new in the development — which includes a number of heritage items found in the original building that were reused, such as mosaic artworks, a world clock and the original spire — as well as the way the project team collaborated with local authorities to overcome the challenges presented by redeveloping the 100-year-old wharf.

“The project team ventured into thoroughly uncharted territory, and by building strong partnerships with the regulatory authorities and a whole range of local and international experts, have delivered a superbly detailed landmark building that is more than deserving of this accolade.

“A design, engineering and construction masterpiece, this development is a fantastic enhancement to Wellington’s waterfront.”
The extensive 239m-long development includes 76 luxury apartments, a concierge service, a business centre with a private meeting room, a boutique fitness centre, and a 16-seat movie theatre, while at street level are offices, shops and restaurants.

An under wharf basement car park — noted as the first of its kind in Australasia — posed an immense challenge, and included 205 piles and strengthening of the existing wharf, with 28 individual, 90-tonne slabs cast above the level of high tide.

The company described it as a 24-hour operation, where all major jacking operations were dictated by tidal conditions.

As well as the supreme award, Clyde Quay also took out the Residential category award, a Gold award and the value award for top property over $15 million.

Peter McGuinness from LT McGuinness says the team was thrilled to receive the award for the project, which demanded a “major effort from our staff and subcontractors”.

“As LT McGuinness had been involved with the planning and construction of the project, the accolade of the Supreme Award was obviously a proud moment for all concerned,” Mr McGuinness says.

“Despite two major earthquakes, a number of severe storms and, at times, king tides, we were able to deliver this high quality project on time and on budget.”