International engineering consultants Royal Haskoning and New Zealand-based architect, Jasmax, have won a prestigious commission to design the redevelopment for Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf Shed 10 cruise terminal. 

Funded by Council-owned company Waterfront Auckland, the multi-million dollar redevelopment project will transform the existing terminal at Queen’s Wharf into a world-class facility for New Zealand’s thriving cruise industry, and provide an attractive space for events.

Currently used as a secondary facility, as overflow capacity for the adjacent Princes Wharf, the renovations will enable Queen’s Wharf to berth two cruise liners simultaneously, one either side of the existing finger pier structure.  The aim of the scheme is to accommodate New Zealand’s growing cruise industry, as well as creating a multifunctional space that can accommodate a variety of other uses.

Royal Haskoning’s role will involve supporting Jasmax in providing the concept design for the functionality inside the terminal building in the short, medium and long term, as well as providing solutions to the traffic issues in the area on Queen’s Wharf surrounding Shed 10 along with servicing the vessel. Tim Davies, Sector Director for Passenger and Vehicle Terminals, Royal Haskoning, said:

“The redevelopment of Queen’s Wharf is currently one of the most prominent projects in the Australasia area, and it is incredibly exciting to be working with Jasmax, an innovative and forward-thinking company, to produce a successful layout for the terminal and surrounding area.

“Royal Haskoning brings extensive skills and a wealth of knowledge regarding the design and layout of cruise terminals to the project. Our experience will enable us to contribute to the successful integration of all aspects of the terminal, ensuring that the completed redevelopment impacts positively to the quality, amenity and economic viability of Auckland’s waterfront.

“Within the cruise terminal building itself, the team will be looking at creating effective layout solutions to optimise passenger flows, baggage routes, security checks, passenger walkways and the restocking of cruise vessels.

“Outside the building we will work with transport planners to source solutions for transport issues generated by the redevelopment. Queen’s Wharf is in the centre of the city and near a busy ferry terminal. The aspiration to bring bigger cruise vessels to berth will increase traffic in the area, including coaches to transport passengers and articulated lorries to service the cruise ships. An integrated transport system will ensure a smooth transition between different modes of travel, and it will be important to ensure that the operation of the rest of the wharf is not adversely affected.”

Another fundamental aspect of the redevelopment is to create modifications in keeping with the original character of the wharf, and to retain important heritage landmarks. Tim comments:

“A central part of the project is the redevelopment of Shed 10, a two-storey historic former port warehouse from the 1920’s into a modern cruise terminal building with first class facilities. The heritage and character of Shed 10, and other original landmarks, must be respected and celebrated throughout the renovations. Royal Haskoning has recently worked with the City Council in Liverpool, England, to develop its cruise terminal facility, and successfully incorporated many items of historic importance into the design and layout. Our experience in this project will be invaluable in Auckland, which has similar challenges.

“Queen’s Wharf is also a public space currently used for a range of events, so the site has to be multifunctional and remain a viable event space for both locals and tourists. Shed 10 will also be a functioning building used for large community events and shows.

“The aim is to complete the renovation work for the 2012-13 cruise season.  This terminal will be transformed into a world-class piece of architecture - and an iconic gateway to New Zealand”.