Ferrybank Development Plan

Concept Designed to Create Truly Memorable Landmark for Hamilton Central

Ferrybank Development Plan
Ferrybank Development Plan
Ferrybank Development Plan
Ferrybank Development Plan

Project Credits

Client

Hamilton City Council

Date Completed

Concept Design

Sector

Studio Wall

Awards
Project Lead

Brian Squair

Design Team
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Hamilton’s riverside setting, and the future opportunities available to the city, inspired Chow:Hill’s design submission for the redevelopment of Grantham Street’s Ferrybank site.

Nestled at the bottom of one of Hamilton’s steepest streets,as many a Round the Bridges runner will know, is the Ferrybank – part function centre, part rowing club, and very much part of Hamilton City’s heritage.

The Ferrybank site got its name from the role the riverside setting played in the 1800s. Prior to any bridge spanning the Waikato River, it was from  this site in the south end of the city that punts would cross the river, carrying pedestrians and supplies between the settlements on either side. An old town hall was also situated on the site and formed a social hub of the original Borough.

Fast forward more than a century and in 2014, the Hamilton City Council identified the Ferrybank site as having potential for redevelopment in its Waikato River Plan. Chow:Hill was shortlisted to take part in a limited design competition for this redevelopment.

Inspired by the organic forms and typography of the Ferrybank’s riverside setting, Chow:Hill’s design concept engaged with the narrative of Tupuna. Connection between the past and the future was reflected in the physical linkages proposed by the scheme, in particular a footprint linking Hamilton East to the Central City.

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Ferrybank Development Plan

Project Overview

Client

Hamilton City Council

Status

Concept Design

Hamilton’s riverside setting, and the future opportunities available to the city, inspired Chow:Hill’s design submission for the redevelopment of Grantham Street’s Ferrybank site.

Nestled at the bottom of one of Hamilton’s steepest streets,as many a Round the Bridges runner will know, is the Ferrybank – part function centre, part rowing club, and very much part of Hamilton City’s heritage.

The Ferrybank site got its name from the role the riverside setting played in the 1800s. Prior to any bridge spanning the Waikato River, it was from  this site in the south end of the city that punts would cross the river, carrying pedestrians and supplies between the settlements on either side. An old town hall was also situated on the site and formed a social hub of the original Borough.

Fast forward more than a century and in 2014, the Hamilton City Council identified the Ferrybank site as having potential for redevelopment in its Waikato River Plan. Chow:Hill was shortlisted to take part in a limited design competition for this redevelopment.

Inspired by the organic forms and typography of the Ferrybank’s riverside setting, Chow:Hill’s design concept engaged with the narrative of Tupuna. Connection between the past and the future was reflected in the physical linkages proposed by the scheme, in particular a footprint linking Hamilton East to the Central City.

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Purposefully aspirational in design, Chow:Hill’s concept placed pedestrian engagement at the fore, with tiered landscaping allowing for multi-use of the area adjacent to the Waikato River. Natural materials and a curved façade of a re-lifed Ferrybank function site paid homage to the contours of the river path, while surrounding planting told stories of the area’s significant cultural heritage.

Chow:Hill’s vision for the redevelopment was to create a truly memorable landmark for the city, one that would reflect the city’s growing confidence and reputation in the region as a vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.

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The chosen Ferrybank Development Plan was produced by a team led by Wraight Athfield Landscapes and Architecture (WALA) and including Tonkin & Taylor Engineers, McIndoe Urban, PAUA Architects, and the Stafford Group.

Ferrybank Development Plan

Project Credits

Client

Ferrybank Development Plan

Status

In Progress

Project Type

Studio Wall

Awards

 

Lead Architect

Brian Squair

Project Team
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