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Airways Tower

Launch Pad 4: the Proposed Airways Tower

By AC EVENTS, Givealittle

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Submissions on the first (for what seems like a very long time) notified Resource Consent – the proposed Airways Tower – are due on Friday the 29th March.  The application is to “construct, operate and maintain a new 32.5 metre high air traffic control tower at the Airport Retail Park on Tirangi Road,” on a site that is potentially contaminated.   The Assessment of Environmental Effects states that the proposal  achieves “good urban design principles” and responds to the surrounding environment, and has a “sense of movement” through ” a unique profile …”.

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The tower design: “embodies a simple statement about Wellington’s well known wind prone environment.  It does not shirk from addressing the wind, physically and metaphorically, and in doing so it makes a poetic response to the situation in which it sits.”  So what do you think?  How does (or should) urban design work in this seaside suburb?  Should all of our buildings lean?

JOIN US on Friday 22 May 5.00pm for our online discussion on the proposed Airways Tower as part of our virtual launch of our givealittle site to fundraise for our involvement in the Basin Bridge High Court Appeal opposing NZTA.

Featuring: James Fenton, Peter Wood and Christine McCarthy

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