Work on the Wharf: Hobson Wharf Remediation Project

Aerial of Auckland Harbour 1940.

Essential repairs to fix the concrete beams and piles underneath Hobson Wharf will begin on September 5, 2016.

A recent condition assessment of the 80-year-old wharf shows that a number of sections underneath it need repair and rebuilding. Although the wharf continues to perform well above minimum requirements, it is important that this work is completed soon.

The repairs will shut-down in December to allow for enjoyment over the busy summer period for residents, businesses and visitors.

The work, a joint project between Panuku Development Auckland and the NZ Maritime Museum, will start up again in winter 2017.

Due to the nature of the high pressure water-blasting during some stages of the project, there may be some disruption for museum visitors during these periods, however, measures have been put into place to mitigate this as much as possible.

Work that generates noise will take place with the tides between 7.30am to 6.30pm. Other work may take place outside this time frame but only if it complies with relevant noise controls.

Measures to mitigate any disruption include stopping work during the five-six month summer period, sound attenuation to minimise noise coming from compressors and generators on the western side of the wharf, and noise monitoring.

The project will be completed in stages and include:

Concrete in identified areas will be broken back using hydro demolition;
Exposed reinforcing bars will be cleaned to remove any corrosion and salt residue;
Where required, reinforcing bars will be replaced, and rinsed with fresh water, and coated with a protective substance;
New concrete will be applied, creating a smooth structure with a long life expectancy

Sitting to the west of Princes Wharf, the 155m long Hobson Wharf was built in the 1930s by the Auckland Harbour Board to provide berthage for ships. Since 1993 the wharf has housed the NZ Maritime Museum, and in 1997 an additional wharf was constructed at the outer edge to create the protected inner harbour basin known as Hobson West Marina, which is adjacent to Viaduct Marina.

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Contact: If you have a complaint or have feedback on activity at Hobson Wharf please contact  Project Manager Philip Wardale on email philip.wardale@developmentauckland.co.nz or phone 021 667 445 

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