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Viaduct Events Centre: another step towards creating the world’s most liveable city

Wynyard Quarter is going through one of the largest urban regenerations in New Zealand, evolving from an industrial port area that was closed to the public, to a place where people can live, visit, be entertained and do business.

The area comprises around 37 hectares of land and almost three kilometres of coastal frontage. The first stage of development included the Viaduct Events Centre on the site of the former Oracle America’s Cup base.


Regional Facilities Auckland’s aims:

  • To achieve the vision set out in the “Auckland Waterfront Vision 2040” by creating a place to host public activities and events. This is ultimately one component of helping to make Auckland the “world’s most liveable city.”

What we did:

We led the team who built this 6,000m² multi-purpose facility on the site of the former Oracle America’s Cup base. The finished building has the capacity to host up to 3,600 guests for exhibition, conference and hospitality configurations.

The building form consists of a 100 x 30 metre plan with a 12 metre high functional volume. Half the building has been developed as a 3-storey section with multi-functional events/conference facilities. We constructed a public viewing deck 7.5 metres above the ground which provides extensive views over the Waitmata Harbour. It’s accessed from the ground by a 1 in 12 grade boardwalk.

Environmental issues were at the forefront of the design and build process. We engaged specialist spill response consultants to provide the necessary resources to contain a sizeable spill until such times as more help could attend site and provided a managed wash-out in order to filter and remove contaminants before the waste water entered the drains.  

Environmentally friendly features include:

  • Rain water being harvested and stored in a 50,000 litre tank that has been suspended under the wharf. This is then used in the building’s toilets.
  • The sea water that flows under the building is harnessed to supplement the heating of the building in winter and the cooling in summer.

Unique challenges:

The biggest challenge was the manufacture of the steel frame and, in particular, the curved steel diagrid roof structure and trusses. The trusses were manufactured in part offsite and delivered to the wharf in three sections. These were then joined on site and attached to the remainder of the roof elements. The trusses weighed up to 55 tonnes each so were lifted into place on a tandem lift and fixed to two columns, giving a clear span of 30 metres. Over 100 bolts were then connected to the previously erected adjacent truss through pre-drilled holes.

Installing the services for the building was also challenging given that these are reticulated under the wharf and access is prevented two hours either side of high tide (as headroom was a hazard).

The outcome:

Our total team approach to delivering a quality building was critical to the success of this project. Practical completion was completed in August 2011, in time for a full programme of events during the Rugby World Cup.

Auckland’s newest waterfront venue continues to exceed expectations, with a multitude of events highlighting the immense benefit the Viaduct Events Centre brings to the Auckland region.