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Developer sought for Rotunda revamp

Registrations of interest from developers to take on the challenge of preserving one of Wellington’s iconic buildings – the Band Rotunda in Oriental Bay – will close at 4pm this Friday 22 June.

The Wellington City Council is looking for a person or a group with the vision and expertise to resolve critical issues with the Rotunda’s vulnerability to rising seas levels, and its structural problems.

The combined bathing pavilion and band rotundaat Oriental Baywas completed in 1938 by Council, on the platform then occupied by the old Town Hall rotunda.

In 1982, the Council added a secondfloor and roof to thebuilding to create a new public space, and converted the bathing pavilion’s changing rooms for men, women, boys and girls on the ground floor into a meeting room for local residents.

In 1985, the top floor opened as a restaurant, and since then the meeting room on the ground floor has been used for local residents’ meetings, and as an art gallery and a teaching space.