Sir Peter Jackson doubles budget for Wellington movie museum but delays construction

An artist's impression of Wellington's proposed new convention centre and movie museum, as seen from Cable St, which is ...
STUDIO PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE

An artist's impression of Wellington's proposed new convention centre and movie museum, as seen from Cable St, which is expected to cost $150 million.

Sir Peter Jackson has doubled what he intends to spend on Wellington's proposed movie museum, but the time he is taking to finalise his plans has delayed its construction.

It has also left Wellington waiting longer than it had hoped for its new convention centre, which will occupy the top floor above the museum in a $150 million, three-storey building to be built across the road from Te Papa, between Cable and Wakefield streets.

Wellington City Council is paying for the new building, while The Movie Museum Limited (TMML), run by Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor, will pay for the museum fitout, which will include Jackson's extensive collection of movie memorabilia.

Sir Peter Jackson with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an item from his movie collection that will be housed in the new ...
SUPPLIED

Sir Peter Jackson with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an item from his movie collection that will be housed in the new Wellington movie museum.

When plans were first announced in late 2015, construction was expected to start in 2016 and be completed by 2018.

READ MORE:
New $150m design for Wellington Movie Museum and Convention Centre
Crowd numbers plummet at Sir Peter Jackson's Great War Exhibition
Casting details revealed for Peter Jackson sci-fi Mortal Engines
Wellington City Council is not putting $150m movie museum contract out to tender

But a construction start date for the maui-inspired building still has not been locked in, and some do not expect the facility to be ready now until at least 2020.

An arrtist's impression of the proposed convention centre and movie museum, as seen from Wakefield St.
STUDIO PACIFIC ARCHITECTURE

An arrtist's impression of the proposed convention centre and movie museum, as seen from Wakefield St.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the council was "ready to go" and was just waiting on interior designs to be finalised and signed off by Jackson.

"I'm meeting with him in the next four to six weeks for more confirmation."

Lester said he recognised it was a partnership, but wanted construction to get underway by the end of the year.

The new convention centre and movie museum will be built across the road from Te Papa.
FAIRFAX NZ

The new convention centre and movie museum will be built across the road from Te Papa.

He believed Jackson was busy working on his upcoming movie, Mortal Engines.

Ad Feedback

Wellington City Council city growth and partnerships director Derek Fry said Jackson had doubled his exhibition budget, which the council was excited about.

He would not say exactly how much Jackson was spending.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the council is "ready to go" when it comes to the project, and is waiting for the ...
MAARTEN HOLL/FAIRFAX NZ

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says the council is "ready to go" when it comes to the project, and is waiting for the interior design to be finalised.

"This has had an impact on the internal design work, so we have had to shift the timeframe."

Councillors would get an update on timing, legal requirements and cost in May, he said.

TMML project director George Hickton said designing and finalising the specific details of the movie museum's layout was taking longer than originally anticipated.

Movie Museum project director George Hickton says the company, run by Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor, is ...
COLLETTE DEVLIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Movie Museum project director George Hickton says the company, run by Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor, is taking the time it needs to make sure the movie museum is a truly world-class, globally-recognised attraction.

"We are all working to make this a truly world-class, globally-recognised attraction," he said.

"So we want to ensure we take the time now to get the concepts and the visitor experience absolutely bang-on as it will not be possible with an attraction of this scale to make significant changes once construction is underway."

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford said the business community would be prepared to wait a little longer for a convention centre, but not indefinitely, and would like an indication of when it will happen.

Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson with miniatures being prepared for the movie King Kong, which will be among ...
SUPPLIED

Sir Richard Taylor and Sir Peter Jackson with miniatures being prepared for the movie King Kong, which will be among thousands of Hollywood memorabilia housed in their new Wellington museum.

"We are stuck between a rock and a hard place. We want the convention centre to be ready as soon as possible but knowing Peter Jackson's attention to detail, [the museum] will be exceptional and a real point of difference for the city."

David Perks, from the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, said it had been "careful" and taken no bookings for the conference centre yet.

His expectation was that it would be ready by 2020-21.

 - Stuff

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Ad Feedback