For several days within the first two weeks of January 2019, the CBD Jobs and Skills Hub has been hosting the induction for workers at the 36th America's Cup 2021 (AC36), with construction to take place along Auckland CBD's waterfront.
The Wynyard Edge Alliance (WEA) leads the construction of infrastructure needed to host AC36, which involves marine and land-based infrastructure work.
The three key areas of development along the CBD waterfront would be:
Wynyard Point / Wharf:
Requires construction of a new access road and to redevelop sites for use as America’s Cup syndicate bases, targeted between September 2019 and December 2020. This requires capping the south end of Wynyard Point, creating forecourts for the syndicate bases to enable launching into Wynyard Basin. The basin will be created from constructing breakwater structures from Wynyard and Halsey.
Involves work around the new breakwater for Wynyard Basin, providing some super yacht capability on the eastern edge, and dredging enough “draft” for ETNZ to launch their boat on the western edge, targeted between November 2018 and July 2019.
Hobson Wharf and Outer Viaduct Harbour:
Wharf extension off the northern face of Hobson Wharf to accommodate America’s Cup syndicate base and construction of breakwaters to the east and south of the wharf to manage wave conditions and provide sheltered berthing conditions. Targeted between November 2018 and September 2019.
The event is expected to boost tourism and hospitality in the CBD and all around Auckland. New Zealand's Emirates Team won the Cup in 2017, and will attempt to defend the title against formidable challengers in 2021 - truly an exciting event for New Zealand!