A big step in the redevelopment of Auckland's Devonport Wharf.
The contract to design a concept plan for its refurbishment and redevelopment has been awarded to the Jasmax/Sills van Bohemen consortium.
Auckland Transport says the aim is to maximise the convenience of commuters using the ferries and provide a gateway for visitors and allow for sustainable commercial and non-commercial uses.
Architects are being asked to redesign the wharf so there can be an injection of commercial life into it.
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board chair Chris Darby says the wharf needs something to hold people there.
He says there's a range of things the architects are likely to explore.
"And they could be anything from, well, childcare facilities to a gym facility for example. There could be some limited office activity there"
A concept paper for the wharf will be ready in December, followed by consultation with the local board and community in February.
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