Zone Layout of a possible Auckland Water-Frontier
Right; after some thinking, pencil drawings and a few attempts I worked out my first draft version of The Auckland Water-Frontier – the name I am giving the redevelopment project idea down at the Auckland Waterfront where Port of Auckland currently sits.
The idea is that if Port of Auckland ever gets moved, something will have to take the vacant land it leaves behind. Furthermore the entire land that POAL currently sits on is owned by Auckland Council via the Auckland Council Investment Limited Council Controlled Organisation, so we (the public) have a virtual gold mine of an asset to work with in turning a former industrial site into a Water-Frontier.
The basic picture is below with explanations running underneath that, so without further ado I bring the Zonal Layout Draft for the Auckland Water-Frontier.
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Right the methodology was to give as best mix possible of land use and transit links to give maximum economical and social benefit to Auckland. A basic colour guide is the following:
- Lime Green is open space/parks
- Blue is Commercial (office/retail/services)
- Brown is Residential/Mix use
- Yellow is the two Cruise Ship Terminals (Main and Secondary) which would also be fitted out with hotel or commercial space?
There are three areas particularly blank, mainly at the current container terminal as I try to figure out how to incorporate the Auckland Plan Green Stitch from the Judges Bay through to the terminal and how much development should occur on that space with a prime view shaft from the Parnell Rose Gardens out to Devonport on the other side of the harbour. Any suggestions on the blanks is much appreciated .
So ignoring the three blanks I have you can see I have gone around for a 50:50 in green space and urban development, that ratio would continue when it is decided what should happen at the container terminal.
Commercial and residential space wise, taking into account height controls and some “feature buildings,” the split was again around 50/50 to allow both residents to live on the frontier and workers to work on the frontier. Each residential or commercial development is well-connected by roads and surrounded by generous open space/parks. Again height controls would be in place to minimise views being blocked by another development/building. A feature building at the north-west end plus an iconic statue are “pencilled in” to give the Auckland Water-Frontier some iconic signatures to complement the signature harbour and signature remark “City of Sails.” When I start the 3D work on the Water-Frontier site hopefully a better understanding can be given on my proposal for this beautiful and prime site.
Cruise Ship Terminals
Auckland Council wants to spend $23 million on a Cruise Ship Terminal for the ever-increasing amount of the cruisers coming in. That is fine with me so long as we have a “Bed Tax” implemented and the terminals are NOT built on Queens Wharf blocking a pile of views and causing traffic congestion. In my zone lay out draft, I relocated the terminal down to the centre section of The Water-Frontier and doubled the spaces to four (two main at 250 metres long and two secondary at 220m long). The Terminals would be equipped with Customs and service facilities (including Tour Bus and taxis facilities) to deal with if all four berths were used. Hotels, apartments or civic spaces for exhibitions would also share the terminal space to maximise return on the facilities. View shaft wise, shifting the Terminal down to the new proposed site would have less of an impact on views than the proposed Queens Wharf Site.
Infrastructure wise the Water-Frontier is connected at five entrances with one extra proposed if the Eastern Highway was ever built. There are also some realignments to three existing roads plus new ones built as well to support the Water-Frontier development and surrounding areas. The road system on The Auckland Water-Frontier is designed for multi-modal transit (car, bus, taxi, shuttles, cyclists and walkers) apart from the Quay Street Express-way which is designed for cars/buses going to and from the CBD/Eastern Suburbs. With The Auckland Water-Frontier I decided to add a 4-lane express way with bus lanes on the side to assist in rapid movement of thoroughfare traffic from the Eastern Suburbs to the CBD. The express-way allows a few important things to happen:
- Allows a thoroughfare route for Eastern Suburb traffic and should be future-proofed for an eventual Eastern Highway
- Allows the a part of Quay Street between Tapora Street at Stanley Street to be turned into a boulevard that is mass transit and pedestrian/friendly. The Boulevard would be flanked by a green-space strip between the Boulevard itself and the Quay Street Express-way. The Boulevard is able to accommodate light rail from Wynyard Quarter to Mission Bay.
- The express-way acts a grade-separate for local and Auckland Water-Frontier traffic especially at the Stanley Street Main East/South Entrance
- The Expressway would have pedestrian over-bridges to allow ease of access for foot traffic between Quay Boulevard and The Water-Frontier
Speed limits would be kept at 40km/h in The Auckland Water-Frontier Zone with all roads bar the six entrances and the main Water-Frontier East-West thoroughfare being shared spaces. Extending tram-lines into The Auckland Water-Frontier from Quay Street and Tamaki Drive is possible to give an extra mode of transport inside the Frontier – lessening the need for cars. Car parking would be restricted to the residential buildings (for the residents), a few car parks on the commercial buildings and hotels, with the rest of the “public” parking on the fringes of the Water-Frontier. The idea of putting public parking on the fringes is to discourage cars in the Water-Frontier area and encourage shuttle transport within the Frontier to get to their final destination inside the Frontier. Through discouraging cars inside the CORE of the frontier, the area is not detracted nor do other users including foot traffic using the share spaces have to be overtly worried about the car. Effectively on-street parking would be non-existent except for 15-minute “drop-off” zones in some areas (hotels, feature building and cruise ship terminals). In any case, the infrastructure inside The Auckland Water-Frontier is designed to be people friendly 🙂 !
There is still a lot of work for me to do on developing The Auckland Water-Frontier – where Aucklanders’ and visitors alike can enjoy the full waterfront that “fronts” our city rather than being barricaded by red fences and an inefficient port. But what I have presented is a start and all ideas start from somewhere – often on the back of a napkin (or this case MS Paint). Over time I will continue to develop and showcase work here on The Auckland Water-Frontier as a viable alternative to the prime real estate on our waterfront. More in-depth coverage and commentary will be provided especially on aspects such as cruise ship terminals, feature buildings and iconic statues. Not everything was covered in this post, but as I develop the program more aspects will be brought to light and covered here at VOAKL
Watch this space as I continue on The Port of Auckland Relocation Project and The Auckland Water-Frontier Program – for a better Auckland.