Camps & Bases


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.

2017 saw completion of work on the first heritage building on the Defence estate to be seismically-strengthened.  The Calliope Dry Dock Master Pump House at the Devonport Naval Base was built in 1888.  It pumps water from the dock after a ship has entered and also fills the dock to allow a ship to float and exit. 

Various options for strengthening the pump house were explored, but many would have changed the outside of the building - something we didn't want. The option chosen has allowed us to protect history by strengthening the building without any obvious change to its exterior. 

The Seamanship Training Aids Facility Waterside was due to be completed in early 2018, and a secure information facility in May 2018.