6 Nov 2009

Queens Wharf project still alive, says council boss

9:06 am on 6 November 2009

The chair of the Auckland Regional Council says a decision to have "a cup of tea" and reconsider a development plan for Queens Wharf does not mean the project is being scrapped altogether.

Mike Lee met the Rugby World Cup Minister and the mayor of Auckland City on Thursday to discuss the future development.

He says that Aucklanders are clearly not happy with the eight final designs for the project - he himself has called them lacklustre and mediocre - and that civic leaders, along with the Government, are determined to get the redevelopment right.

The wharf will be party central in time for the tournament, Mr Lee says, but in order for that to happen, the final design needs the support of Aucklanders.

A winner must be chosen - architect

An architect who says his firm has spent $100,000 submitting a design says the council must complete the competition process.

Williams Architects designer Simon Williams says Auckland's local bodies must meet their end of the bargain and choose an overall winner. If they fail to do so, he says, many entrants will think twice about entering future regional competitions.

Auckland City mayor John Banks said after Thursday's meeting that he did not want the magnificence of the city's waterfront compromised.

While he does not want to criticise the entries already received, he says, they do not deliver what he describes as the "wow factor" Aucklanders are after.