Auckland Ferry Terminal
|Auckland Ferry Terminal|
The ferry building from the harbour
|Alternative names||Downtown Ferry Terminal|
|Architectural style||Edwardian Baroque|
|Client||Auckland Harbour Board|
|Design and construction|
|Main contractor||Philcox and Sons|
|"Ferry Building". Register of Historic Places. New Zealand Historic Places Trust.|
The Auckland Ferry Terminal, sometimes called the Downtown Ferry Terminal, is the hub of the Auckland ferry network that connects Auckland City with North Shore City and some locations in Waitakere City and Manukau City. The ferry terminal is in the Auckland CBD on the Auckland waterfront. It is at the north end of Queen Street, opposite the Britomart Transport Centre, which is the hub for local buses and trains.
The ferry terminal is composed of two main elements, with an older, yellow Edwardian Baroque building facing Queen Street and the city side, while the newer wharves and waiting area building (the actual ferry terminal of today) face the Waitemata Harbour.
The building usually referred to as the Auckland Ferry Terminal was designed by Alex Wiseman, and built by Philcox and Sons. Completed in 1912 on reclaimed land out of sandstone and brick with a base of Coromandel granite, it cost ₤67,944 to construct, a large sum for the day.
Since 1982, it has had a Category I classification with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and was extensively restored between 1986 and 1988. It now contains shops and cafes on the lower level, with most ferry operations moved to the new building.
The more contemporary ferry piers and waiting area were constructed mostly as an open-sided structure with a curved seagull/sail-roof, which together with ornamental "smokestack" turrets is designed to evoke ships berthed behind the original building. It also needed to be of a low profile to retain building views, and was designed by architect Murray Day to be easily maintainable and expandable.
Major remedial work
In 2009-2010, ARTA is doing major remedial work on the wharf structure, which has not had such work done since construction. The initial works found some parts of the structure in worse shape than expected, as saltwater had slowly infiltrated the reinforced concrete. Initial urgent works are expected to finish in 2009.
- The Auckland Ferry Building (from the 'roadworks.co.nz' Queen Street website. Retrieved 2007-12-05.)
- "Ferry Building". Register of Historic Places. New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Well connected (from Commercial Design Trends Volume 2114, 'Trends' magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-05.)
- Arta Newsletter, January 2009 - Issue #8 (from the ARTA website. Accessed 2009-02-01.)