The medium-term operating plan is enabling regeneration.
“Across the port, there is no one singular project. Everything we are doing at the port is interconnected to improve our efficiencies,”
– Anthony Delaney, General Manager Regeneration.
Several key projects made significant progress this year, moving from business cases and planning to execution.
CentrePort made progress on land utilisation – including the continued removal of the former BNZ building, and work on the port entrance.
Another significant highlight for our people was the completion of the renovation of the ground floor of Shed 39, which provides a new home for our people. After four years spread across Portacoms and the old CPL Building, this enabled us to bring all our people under one roof with operational, office and mess facilities.
The COVID-19 lockdown stopped all but essential maintenance work during Alert Level 4, but with minimal disruption to project timelines. Alert Level 3 at the end of April saw CentrePort recommence priority and key operational projects.
“We worked through the COVID-19 lockdown. It delayed things, but we then got back up to full steam – thanks to the team and great support from our contractors,”
– Paul Terry, General Manager Infrastructure and Environment.
Former BNZ Building Removal
The removal of the former BNZ building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.
CentrePort will have recycled 95 percent of the building materials by weight when the deconstruction is complete.
The removal of the building will allow greater land utilisation, which will enable CentrePort to expand land available to the StraitNZ Bluebridge operation for vehicle marshalling.
This will also connect to the main entrance works, which will allow the port to use that space.
“The deconstruction and removal of the BNZ building has been a major undertaking. While the site was immediately adjacent to StraitNZ Bluebridge operations, good engagement and planning with CentrePort meant there was no disruption to our service. We look forward to continuing to work with CentrePort as they deliver their regeneration projects including the development of E-site, F-site and the port entrance, which we see as critical initiatives to future proof CentrePort’s operations.”
– Ed Menzies, General Manager Commercial, StraitNZ Bluebridge.
Recycled materials such as concrete that are crushed and turned into fill are being used in other projects throughout the port for land resilience.
Light fittings and floor tiles were reused in the fit-out of the renovated Shed 39.
The wider community has also benefited from the recycling process. A kitchen unit was donated to Te Kakano O Te Aroha Marae in Lower Hutt. Glass panels were donated to the new Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital under construction, and floor tiles were donated to schools.
Wellington Botanic Garden is trialling the use of rubber mats from the building for its glasshouses. This aligns with the Wellington City Council sustainability efforts.
Shed 39 is not only a symbol of some great engineering but also a new home for our people.
CentrePort has been working out of temporary facilities since even before the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
Shed 39 allows CentrePort to bring everyone together in a shared space, designed and customised for our people.
The extensive renovation project included work to make the building and floor resilient.
The transformation of Shed 39 has been a three-year journey through a complex structural solution. The result is the culmination of a four-year journey for our people, from the earthquake to now moving into that office.
CentrePort will retain Pipitea Village as a backup office for business continuity purposes. It’s also being used by contractors and other operators as site offices.
Main entranceway – Hinemoa Street
Work on the main entranceway to CentrePort, on Hinemoa Street, has been underway for the past year.
The new entrance will include five lanes – separating pedestrians, port traffic and general public traffic – to enable smooth and safe transitions in and out of the port.
In future, it will remove queuing and streamline entry and exit from the port.
For StraitNZ Bluebridge it will provide an enhanced exit for arrivals from Picton through a dedicated lane straight out to the main highway. This will include a new marshalling area on the site of the former BNZ building. The exit route will also no longer be through an operational port.
The entranceway has been designed with urban integration in mind, including drainage pits and planting to enhance the entry to the port.
Once complete, the entranceway will provide an improved customer experience.