Devonport is the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy. With Devonport Naval Base located near the picturesque seaside village, near central Auckland city, the Navy is a significant feature of the local community.
Devonport Naval Base is organised into several key sites including its waterside South Yard where the fleet, servicing for the fleet and other supporting operations are located.
The base has a rich history, having been there since 1841. Some of its old buildings are not in good condition. Prefabs that were put in place temporarily have now been there for some time. Buildings need modernising, within the confines of a limited footprint.
Scattered functions across the base also present a challenge for designers and planners. They have to be creative when land area is limited. The answer may be intensifying for more efficient use of the existing land area by going 3-5 storeys high.
All new buildings will also aim for high sustainability ratings to improve energy use.
Project work underway on the Devonport Estate during 2020/21 includes strengthening work on the Kauri Point Wharf and refurbishment of the lifting roadway mechanics.
A recent lighting upgrade of the tunnel between North and South yards and other lighting upgrades will improve safety. Refurbishment of toilet blocks at Narrow Neck to bring them into line with the requirements of Op Respect is also being carried out.