Following an extensive review of the ten design competition entries, The Kaikōura Marine Development Programme (KMDP) and the Kaikōura District Council has appointed Warren and Mahoney as lead consultant for the Wakatu Quay redevelopment.
The team will be led by Warren and Mahoney’s locally-connected architects, Jonathan Coote and Joseph Hampton.
“With strong connections to Kaikōura, it’s wonderful to be helping to design such an exciting development,” Hampton said.
The new development will revamp the area once occupied by old commercial fishing buildings that suffered damage in the 2016 earthquakes. Suggestions on the potential development from the local community were included in the concept design proposal.
“We are thrilled to have been selected by the Kaikoura District Council and excited to be contributing our team’s broad skillsets to delivering this important community-based multi-use project”, says project principal Jonathan Coote. “It’s a privilege to have been selected to reimagine and reinvigorate the Quay and we acknowledge its unique position in the landscape and wider township context. We look forward to working with the community and stakeholders to deliver an enduring outcome that can act as a beacon for its people and its visitors.”
Kaikōura Marine Development Programme Lead Chris Sturgeon said, “The appointment of Warren and Mahoney is an exciting step forward for the project. The winning designs really bring the potential development to life. The concept from Warren and Mahoney mixes traditional and contemporary design while recognising the importance of the location and its history.”
Concept drawings are now underway,and once complete will allow KMDP to commence engagement with the community early August. Potential development options may include a hospitality, tourism/activity operator, community gathering points, space to play/fish/walk and education facilities.
The Wakatu Quay development is funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, managed by Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit. The funding will enhance economic development opportunities, create sustainable jobs and boost social inclusion and participation.