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Ferrybank designs to be further scrutinised by panel

15 December 2015

Two concept designs to transform the Ferrybank into Hamilton’s premier waterfront destination are being looked at in more detail by an expert evaluation panel.

It studied three submissions from teams led by Boffa Miskell, Chow:Hill Architects and Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture.

The panel has decided to take more time to review the designs from Chow:Hill and Wraight Athfield, and ask more detailed questions of each team.

Rob Kerr, who heads the evaluation panel, says three excellent concept designs were submitted and carefully considered by the panel, but two of the designs were particularly strong.

“The entries were of the highest standard and each takes the development of this beautiful part of Hamilton in slightly different directions. To ensure we get the best outcome for Hamilton the evaluation panel has asked two of the teams for more information and further development on the design before it makes its final recommendation.

“This is a big decision for the city and we need to make sure we get this right. This will not cause any major delays in the project.”

Councillors will be asked to ratify the panel’s choice of design team at a meeting in February. A date has yet to be confirmed. The winning team will receive $150,000 to deliver a detailed development plan for approval by councillors in July.

Chow:Hill and Wraight Athfield concept designs are available online.