Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Civic demolition work ramps up in capital

Wellington’s Te Ngākau Civic Square precinct will see increased demolition activity from late June as significant work ramps up on two big projects in the area, Wellington City Council has confirmed.

The main demolition of the six-storey Civic Administration Building (CAB) will begin with Wakefield Street closed to through traffic between Victoria Street and Cuba Street, and the temporary closure of the Victoria Street pedestrian entrance to Te Ngākau Civic Square for health and safety reasons.

The demolition of the quake-damaged building is expected to be finished in December. 

From 24 June to September, a large crane will operate in Wakefield Street as an essential part of the demolition process. From September, one lane will reopen to vehicles heading west toward Victoria Street. In early January, the road will completely reopen to vehicles. There will be pedestrian access during this entire period.

The Victoria Street entrance to Te Ngākau will be closed from 20 June till either December at the earliest or February 2025 at the latest. The square itself will remain open, with access via Harris Street and the City to Sea Bridge.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) temporary building in the Michael Fowler Centre car park will also be dismantled and stored while Wellington City Council investigates alternative uses and locations for it.

Deconstruction of the RNZB building will begin on 24 June and is expected to finish in October, with minimal disruption to local businesses and residents. The temporary building was constructed in 2019 to host the RNZB during the earthquake-strengthening and restoration of the St James Theatre. The RNZB moved back into the St James when it reopened in 2022. The temporary building has not been in use since.

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