Cenotaph upgrade under way

22:20, Sep 03 2014
Cenotaph upgrade
REVAMP: An artist's impression of the upgraded Cenotaph.

The Cenotaph Plaza refurbishment upgrade has begun, all the better to see Anzac Day pomp and ceremony.

The $2.5 million makeover involves the installation of a new public art sculpture and a diagonal grand staircase to improve pedestrian access to Parliament, as well as new lights and seats.

Open space will be increased by removing public toilets in Bowen St. Five trees have been removed.

The $180,000 sculpture was made by Wellington jade carver Joe Sheehan. Pieces of jade will lead pedestrians through the plaza along the path of the underground Waipiro Stream.

The refurbishment is a joint venture between Wellington City Council and Parliamentary Services.

It will be completed before Anzac Day next year, which is the Battle of Gallipoli's centenary and the 150th anniversary of Wellington gaining capital status.

Andy Foster, chairman of the council's transport and urban development committee, said he was looking forward to improved visibility at Anzac Day events, particularly the dawn service.

"At the moment, unless you're in the front few rows, people are unable to see what's going on," he said. "The refurbishment will mean more people can participate more fully in Anzac Day events."

The refurbishment is partially funded by a $382,000 grant from the World War I Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee of the Lottery Grants Board.

Advertisement

The Wellingtonian