Work in progress

Two large-scale constructions are currently being built in Wellington. You might have noticed one of them or heard about them :

  1. The Creative Technologies and Arts Centre in Cuba Street
  2. The Wellington Movie Museum on the waterfront

The future Creative Technologies and Arts Centre in Cuba Street

On the corner of Cuba and Dixon Streets, the old DEKA building is being transformed into the Creative Technologies and Arts Centre, a joint campus for Wellington’s Whitireia and WeITec polytechnics. In 2012, the property development and investment specialist Willis Bond & Co bought the building for $12m. The new building will consist of six floors and will include the heritage DEKA facade to keep the “Cuba Street spirit”.

The campus will host more than 1000 fulltime arts and creative technology students as well as multiple facilities for programmes such as the New Zealand Film and Television School, the Whitireia Performing Arts Centre, the New Zealand Radio Training School… Finally, several shops on the Cuba Street side will be available for tenants. Cost of the work : $80m, $60m invested by Willis Bond & Co and $20m by the polytechs. 

Movie Museum & Convention CentreOn the 8th of December, the Wellington City Council voted unanimously to buy land opposite Te Papa, where a Movie Museum and Convention Centre will be built. The council plans to work with special interest groups such as Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor in creating the movie museum. With an estimated of $134m, the building will be three storeys. The movie Museum will lease the lower two floors from Council and the third floor will be a convention centre. 

Deputy Mayor Justin Lester says “this will be a significant economic input for the city”, with $36m estimated benefits during the construction and “once operational, $38m GDP per annum”. According to the plans, the project should generate several hundred construction jobs, and, upon completion create some 500 more jobs. “The Movie Museum will attract 310,000 people by year three” Chair of the Economic Growth and Arts Committee, Cr Jo Coughlan, claims. An unprecedented project in Australasia. Plans have already been announced but further public consultation on the project is scheduled for February/March 2016. À suivre.

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Image Courtesy of WelTec.

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