After winning a two-stage open urban design competition Sills van Bohemen was engaged to work with North Shore City Council and the Devonport Community Board to develop a masterplan for the Devonport town centre, including the waterfront and existing wharf building. Sills van Bohemen then developed a concept design for Marine Square, one of the first projects to come from the masterplan. This provides new drop-off and pick-up areas, new bus stops and a new section of wharf, ‘the boardwalk’, which improves the ferry connection with a direct pedestrian axis from the main street through to the ferry building.
Isthmus subsequently won the tender to complete the Marine Square project and construction is due to begin in October 2013. Sills van Bohemen, in collaboration with Jasmax, are currently doing further design work on the wharf building itself.