WALA : Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture
Urban Design : McIndoe Urban
Local Architect : Procuta Associates Urban + Architecture
Tourism Development + Economic Planning : Stafford Group
Engineer : Tonkin & Taylor
Quantity Surveyor : Rider Levett Bucknall
Illustration : Stantiall Studio
Project Status: Competition (Winner) – currently in development
The Hamilton City River Plan’s objective is to develop Ferrybank into Hamilton’s premier river destination. WALA was invited as one of three design teams to prepare a concept development plan for Ferrybank.
Our vision is based on five interrelated concepts:
- Expression and celebration of a series of terraces derived from the sloping contours of the site which link the city and river;
- Diverse scaled and interrelated built and landscape places for people of all ages, at all times of day, and for a variety of events;
- A river promenade linking a necklace of event spaces, buildings and destinations;
- Bold and dynamic architecture that provides for the occupation, activities and events that in combination will make this an iconic destination; and
- A network of connections improving access to and within this area, and complementing activity in other parts of the city.
The Waikato River/Te Awa Waikato edge comprises a series of terraces that transition the upper terrace level of the city to the river’s edge. Here a finer grain of terracing, the Landing Terraces, relates to the flood levels. The terraces are interlinked to provide a pathway system that gives direct access and views as well as meandering pathways and circuits to encourage exploration and engagement. Along the city edge, a broad civic scaled footpath with generous provision of parking engages with a new built and landscape modulated interface with the city.
Flooding potential is integrated into the terrace design; the Landing Terraces, at the water’s edge are set to clear various flood levels. Buildings provide sheltered spaces for popup activities such as night market or summertime café’s. These can be adaptable uses, adjusted to seasons, events and moveable in a flood.