Queens Wharf and its associated structures are registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a Category 1 Historic Place. This is the highest level of identification and, as such, requires a high level of care to ensure the heritage values are maintained.
Jasmax was the lead architect in the refurbishment. They along with heritage consultants Salmond Reed Architects have balanced the functional requirements of the shed with an aesthetic appropriate to the buildings heritage status.
The ground floor retains its robust functional character with a concrete floor, steel columns and exposed beams. The first floor offers a richer, warmer and more detailed character with timber floor, exposed steel trusses and timber sarked ceilings.
The east side of the first floor has a series of sliding doors and moveable walls to allow the connection of a gangway anywhere along the length of the building. Additional structural steel was installed for strengthening and new services cores at each end of the building have been added, including lifts, toilets, and service and administration rooms.
Materials were salvaged and used wherever possible to help maintain the heritage values of the structure. Prior to construction there was an on-site archival process, where a number of items of interest were discovered, including comic strips, lockers, bric a brack and a 100 year old mechanical cargo hoist.