The build of a new ferry terminal in Picton was marked with a “breaking ground” ceremony on the weekend. Inter-island Resilient Connection (iReX) programme director Stephen O'Keefe said it was exciting to gather and see the "real work" start. The occasion, held on the wharf, was attended by the mayor John Leggett and councillors, MP Stuart Smith, Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Trust Chief Executive Justin Carter, and other key stakeholders to celebrate the start of the enabling works.
At the beginning of July, CMT Group were announced to be one of the main contractors for the enabling works. Operations Manager Anton Faulkner says:
“Being part of this project is important to our vision of supporting the community. The new terminal will allow for new state of the art electric ferries and be an outstanding visitor experience”.
The redevelopment is expected to take at least four years and create 200 full-time construction jobs and 100 jobs in indirect employment.
“Having local contractors involved in this project is important for iReX and the economy of Waitohi Picton. We’re excited to break ground on this project and it was especially marked with a paver from our Landscape Yard, signed by all those contributing to the project” - Mina Georgy, Business Development Manager
The development will happen over multiple stages with a focus of sustainability especially with the building materials. The estimated $1.45 billion project will see the new ferries arrive in Waitohi Picton in 2025/26.
The Waitohi Picton terminal build involves:
- A new terminal building, wharf, landscaped grounds and waterfront
- Improved connections between the ferry precinct and town centre, and roading improvements in Picton.
- Design that celebrates the rich culture, environment and history of the area
- Flood protection and future proofing for rising sea levels
- Sensitive environmental and sustainable practice - with the two new ferries expected to cut Interislander's emissions by 40 percent