Manukau Bus Interchange Alternative: The (Macro-Level) Design #BetterAuckland

Simplicity, efficiency and multi-use in my design


Yesterday I worked on the macro-level design to my alternative to the Auckland Transport Manukau Bus Interchange. Below is what Auckland Transport is proposing:

You can read more on Auckland Transport’s design for the Manukau Transport Interchange here: Manukau Interchange; What is Proposed and What Could Be Done in Place #AKLPols


Starting with pencil and graphics paper I began drafting up my alternative to the Manukau Bus Transport Interchange (Interchange):

Once I was satisfied with the pencil renditions I then began translating the concepts into Sketchup. Below is the Manukau Transport Interchange sans residential/commercial mixed use tower at the east end of the complex:


Finally I added a 29 metre or nine storey residential/commercial mixed use building over the eastern end of the main Interchange building:


Features of my new Interchange include:

  • Linear/Parallel Interchange with buses going in an anti-clockwise direction through the Interchange
  • Capacity for my design is up to 16 metro buses and four inter-city buses. There are also two extra bays at the eastern Putney Way entrance that can be used as overflow or short-term layover (main longer term layover would be offsite entirely)
  • Putney Way at the Interchange site would be a shared space between buses and pedestrians. No cars would be allowed
  • The park on the eastern side that Auckland Transport remains in my designs. Like Auckland Transport’s design the park can be built over for commercial and residential development later on
  • The kiss and ride bays, taxi stands, and loading bays would be located on Davis Avenue and Osterley Way. I will not have them and any car parking on the Putney Way section the Interchange sits on
  • An Annex building (max. 15 metres or around four storeys) would be located on the western side of the Interchange. This annex would house the waiting area for inter-city bus passengers, a ticket and information office, tea room and rest room for bus drivers and ticket office staff, and space for other Auckland Transport back office support (or even the inter city operators) might have. A cafe could even be located on the top floor?
  • The MBTI building remains in my design from the Auckland Transport design but is altered significantly to better utilise space and development potential. While the ground floor would contain the waiting area, information stands, auto-ticket machines, toilet blocks and kiosks the main difference comes in the eastern half of the MBTI (Manukau Bus Transport Interchange) building. Given this Interchange sits on prime Metropolitan Centre zoned land I have future proofed the eastern end of the MBTI to take a 10-18 storey commercial and/or residential tower above it. Got to maximise space especially in a place like Manukau City Centre
  • The main interchange with the “thoroughfare is wide for a reason. It allows the movement of a large amount of buses especially in the peak it also future proofs turning that part of the interchange into a two-way thoroughfare and installation of more bus stops on the southern side should we ever need it. This would increase capacity to around 24 buses.



When I get to the more micro-level design work of the Interchange I will be looking at:

  • Wrap around canopy around the Annex building
  • Plaza at the Annex (western) end that links to Davis Avenue and MIT/Manukau Station
  • Cycle parking at both ends of the interchange
  • Taxi stands, loading and service bays, and kiss and ride bays
  • Landscaping
  • Street lighting
  • Seating
  • Bins
  • Toilet blocks
  • Kiosks
  • Cafe


The micro stuff I can work on later. For now it is making sure the macro-level stuff is ready to be sent to Auckland Transport by late November as part of their feedback on the Manukau Transport Interchange.


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