A concept design to replace the 134-year-old Akaroa Wharf has today been approved by the Christchurch City Council.
It will see the wharf rebuilt in the same position and length as the existing wharf, using a mix of timber decking and concrete piles. Some material may be incorporated into the new structure for items such as seating and railing, Council said in a statement.
Following a tender process, detailed design work will begin and demolition of the existing structure and construction of the new wharf is expected to start in 2024 with a target completion date of 30 June 2025.
Christchurch Mayor, Lianne Dalziel said it was wonderful to have a plan approved and for the next stages of work to get underway.
“Community and stakeholder input into the concept design has been extensive and valuable and the end result is a structure that retains the iconic setting, look and feel of the existing wharf,” she said.
“The wharf is an integral part of the coastal landscape and identity of Akaroa township and retaining that has been uppermost in people’s minds as this concept design has been developed.
“We will continue to work closely with Ōnuku Rūnanga and Heritage New Zealand to integrate the story of the wharf and its location into the expression of the new structure as detailed design work gets underway.”
She said Council staff were continuing to work with commercial operators on temporary access during the construction period.