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Watch: America's Cup construction racing ahead

Grant Dalton tours construction progress on America's Cup bases

Published: 8 August 2019

Auckland’s waterfront is rapidly transforming to become the hub of the 36th America’s Cup, and to leave a long-term legacy for Aucklanders and visitors.

In this video, Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton tours the construction site as it progresses at pace:

Wynyard Edge Alliance (WEA) - the organisation formed by the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council to deliver the infrastructure required for the event - is ahead of schedule.

The infrastructure build project for the 36th America’s Cup has been underway for more than 12 months and over this time other visible progress has been made.

The very first visible change for Aucklanders was in October 2018, when 12 tanks from Wynyard Wharf were removed to make way for those first two America’s Cup team bases. The second big milestone was delivered only six months later in May 2019.

In those few months a new floating infrastructure, including pontoons, had been installed. The new breakwater alongside Hobson Wharf, that will ensure the water in the outer Viaduct Harbour is calm enough for race boats to be launched safely has been delivered too.

The next project is just a few weeks away from completion - On Hobson Wharf the extension that will house the Challenger of Record, Luna Rossa’s base is well advanced and will be delivered in October 2019.

The vision for the area looks far beyond 2021 and will create new open spaces for people overlooking the harbour. Extending the team bases to Wynyard Wharf opens up Wynyard Point to the public, leading the way for the future redevelopment.

All of this is coming together quickly and Auckland’s waterfront will look dramatically different in less than two years’ time.

Read more about this progress on the Wynyard Edge Alliance website.

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