Cable car's new Kelburn terminal to cost $1.3m

Last updated 05:00 24/01/2013

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About $1.3 million is to be spent on a new Kelburn terminal for the cable car.

The council-owned Wellington Cable Car Ltd has applied for a resource consent for the project.

The design prepared by architects Bevin + Slessor was put out for public consultation in late 2011 and the original plan was to have the work done last year.

The work is scheduled around the cable car's annual survey from April 11-14 when it will be out of service.

The cable car, which began running in February 1902, goes from Lambton Quay to the top entrance to the Botanic Gardens. It carries an estimated one million passengers a year.

In submissions supporting the resource consent application, architect Ric Slessor said the present terminal, built in 1979, had a complex roof that required a lot of maintenance. It provided poor weather protection and outlook.

The brief called for a clean, vandal-proof, serviceable terminal with improved weather protection and seating for passengers.

It would include information display space for the Botanic Gardens and other attractions.

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- The Dominion Post

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