Auckland Transport and Hobsonville Land Company have agreed joint funding for construction of a new wharf at Hobsonville Point, enabling ferry services between the Point and downtown Auckland to begin early in the new year.
Auckland Transport is funding 80 percent of the $2.85 million ferry terminal project, with the remainder funded by development partner Hobsonville Land Company.
Auckland Transport chief executive Dr David Warburton said the agreement would see the two organisations work in partnership to deliver a brand new ferry service between downtown Auckland and Hobsonville Point.
“Hobsonville Point’s potential for coastal development, as well as for public spaces, parks and The Landing itself makes it an important point on our Waitemata Harbour ferry network,” said Dr Warburton.
Hobsonville Land Company chief executive Chris Aiken said it would be great to have the ferry service up and running by the time the new primary school opens for the 2013 school year.
‘Working families moving into the area for schooling can know they have an easy commute down the harbour to the CBD as an option,” said Mr Aiken.
Brian Perry Civil has been appointed to construct the new ferry wharf at The Landing, the site where Catalina flying boats once graced the harbour and foreshore. Construction is scheduled to start next week and be completed before Christmas, to support ferry services to the CBD starting early in the new year.
“A ferry service will add to Hobsonville Point’s easy connection with Auckland,” said Mr Aiken, “complementing our proximity to the north western motorway, and regular bus services.”
The new wharf would replace the old wharf structure at The Landing and become a vital public amenity in its own right, said Mr Aiken.
Designed by Architectus, the wharf will be a significant structure featuring a large public deck where people can sit and enjoy the harbour and stunning views. The wharf will have a roof and side panels to provide protection from the weather.
Stories of Hobsonville Point will be told visually on a series of panels. The wharf’s keynote feature will be a sculpture by Virginia King inspired by the shape of traditional eel traps, or Hinaki. The work is conceived as a symbol of protection of the waters of the Upper Waitemata Harbour.
Hobsonville Land Company is contributing to the cost of the project that will create waterfront amenity for Hobsonville Point residents and is also investing in new roads and a park and ride facility to support the ferry service. A new road under construction will enable buses serving the peninsula to drive down to The Landing to connect to the ferry.