A collaboration between Megan Wraight and John Hardwick Smith of Wraight and Athfield Landscape and Architecture, has seen them complete the latest contribution to Wellington’s forward thinking public spaces, the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
It has been years in the making, but from winning the contract in a competition, to now with completion, we are all able to enjoy Wellington’s newest public space.
In this interview Megan and John talk about the history, the challenges and the vision behind the design of the park.
Photos of the Team (left to right – Jeremy Perrot, Phil Marks, John Hardwick-Smith, Nicole Thompson, Megan Wraight.
The Landscape Architectural and Architectural Design Team for Memorial Park has been led by Megan Wraight and John Hardwick-Smith of Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture (WALA). WALA is a joint venture company between Athfield Architects and Wraight and Associates. The Design Team also included Nicole Thompson; Jeremy Perrot; Phil Mark; Matt Pepper; Nick Griffin; Felix Smith; Andre Bishop; John McIntyre and Jess Ferris.
Photos by Neil Pardington (Neil has also been the signage designer for the park and tunnel)
BY THE NUMBERS- thanks to Stuff NZ
775,000 work hours
35,000 square metres of soil removed
21,000 square metres of park
17,000 perennial plants
6500 square meters of pathway
4500 square metres of granite paving
3850 square metres of grass
3000 square metres of garden
2700 truck and trailer loads of soil carted away
1820 tonnes of concrete
1800 workers spent time on site
1000 square-metre ceremonial plaza in front of the war memorial
300 metre-long Arras Tunnel underneath
220 workers on site at the peak of construction
165 trees of six different types
120 million to build the park and tunnel underneath
75 olive trees
46 bollards to restrict car movements
35 seats made of Eucalyptus Saligna timber
30 months to build the tunnel and park
32 pohutakawa trees
25 kowhai trees
18 eucalyptus trees
10 titoki trees
5 northern rata trees
1 Tomb of the Unknown Warrior