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CENOTAPH PRECINCT

Project Summary

Client: Wellington Council / Parliamentary Services

Project Type: Government

Project Timeframe: 2014-2015

Architects: Wraight & Associaltes

Awards: Category winner, Urban Spaces, NZ Institute of Landscape Architects Awards 2017

Project Description

The cenotaph is Wellington’s war memorial, honouring the New Zealand dead of the two World Wars. First unveiled on Anzac Day, 25 April 1931, the cenotaph is a Category I registered Historic Place and is today the focus of the city’s Anzac Day commemorations.

One aim of the $2.5 million upgrade was to strengthen the cenotaph’s connection with the adjacent parliament buildings. The two are now linked by a precast concrete staircase that drops down to the cenotaph from just below the Beehive. The staircase has bronze handrails and seating that offers a grandstand view of ceremonial occasions.

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