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Lets see what the local, national and international community can come up with
Yesterday I had blogged on the City Centre Integration Group update on where things were with Quay Street.
From my From the Auckland Development Committee post:
City Centre Integration Update – Monthly update
- Downtown Precinct Framework: subset of opportunities that builds on the City Centre Master Plan and Integrated Transport Program (being some mentioned)
- One of five frameworks under-way
- Draft Downtown Precinct Framework to seek consideration in August Auckland Development Committee
- Provides finer detail and strategies on how the downtown precinct interconnects with other City Centre projects
- Sea Wall needing upgrading due seismic activity with upgrade under way.
- Full upgrade to start next year but options to be considered on work scheme required
- Sea Wall upgrade will take into sea level rise and climatic change situations
- Quay Street identified by the City Centre Master Plan as an important project for the City that Council wants to get under way. An Expression of Interest is out to the market (see Downtown story update). Multi-agency role and review of the contenders for the Quay Street project
- Quay Street: undergrounding the street for intra-regional traffic movement while open space above? Possibility especially with Sea Wall major upgrade. This was mentioned by Councillor Mike Lee especially as Quay Street is used as a freight thoroughfare for Port of Auckland’s North Auckland and Northland freight traffic
- Quay Street: Transport solutions for the east-west arterial. Councillor Brewer seeking reassurance on traffic flows for the area.
- Councillor Fletcher: Looking at public space provisions. The want to humanise Quay Street and the concepts will look at the pro-humanisation approach. That is the socialisation and interaction in the area.The agencies and Councillors have been positive and willing with the Downtown Precinct and Quay Street upgrades.
- Public consultation on Quay Street: unknown until Expression of Interest is complete
- Aotea Station in regards to North Shore Line: No definite proposals or thinking on-line designation
First mention of the Expression of Interest for Quay Street was made a fortnight ago at a briefing by the Deputy Mayor, and Urban Design Champion Ludo Campbell-Reid which I picked up here: A Story of Downtown Auckland [Updated]
Late yesterday the Council put out a presser signally that they are now looking at Expressions of Interest for Quay Street.
From Auckland Council:
Auckland Council seeks designers for redevelopment of Quay Street
Auckland Council is seeking proposals from designers to assist with the future redevelopment of Quay Street.
Quay Street has been earmarked for change under the City Centre Master Plan – a blueprint for the future use of the central city.
The council is issuing a request for expressions of interest from design consultants.
Concept designs for development of Quay Street will be considered by the Auckland Development Committee, and Aucklanders will have an opportunity to have their say before designs are finalised.
“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a great waterfront and city centre, and we need the best designers working with us as we develop our proposals to transform this area,” Deputy Mayor and Auckland Development Committee Chair Penny Hulse said.
City Centre integration general manager Rick Walden, said the project was at a very early stage. “As options are developed we will be seeking input from the wider community.”
The council aims to complete the appointment of a design team in November.
- A draft ‘Site and Context Analysis’ report was prepared in September 2012 with the purpose of developing a baseline understanding of Quay Street to inform the design process
- A ‘Design Framework’ was then completed for the Quay Street Project in June 2013
- This work included a draft concept design for Quay Street’s streetscape upgrade and aspirational conceptual proposals for the Ferry Basin, Admiralty Basin and Ferry Building promenade water’s edge areas
- The project has since progressed through a period of co-ordination and integration with other related Downtown projects and developments
- The request for expressions of interest document will be available on Tenderlink www.lgtenders.co.nz and GETS http://www.gets.govt.nz/
Lets see what the design community comes up with before the short list goes out for public submissions
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Upgrading a windy cold place into a more people friendly place
From Auckland Council
Bledisloe Lane transformation underway
Work has started on the upgrade of Bledisloe Lane to deliver an improved city centre laneway and enhanced access to Bledisloe House.
A popular thoroughfare for inner city workers, theatre-goers and tourists, the lane which connects Wellesley Street to Aotea Square has often been criticised for its dark recesses and gloomy, dated appearance.
The upgrade will transform the lane into a brighter and safer connection with new paving, a new glass canopy and façade to Bledisloe House at ground level and includes an upgraded pocket park on Wellesley Street. The existing canopy which significantly limits natural light will be removed in stages between June and September.
The upgrade also aligns with the relocation of the council’s Customer Service Centre from the Civic Building to the ground floor of Bledisloe House later this year. The introduction of new value-added interactions such as self-service kiosks, combined with the new location on the popular walking route, is set to deliver a new standard of service delivery for the centre.
Both projects share the vision of enhancing the public’s experience of Bledisloe Lane.
Auckland Council design champion Ludo Campbell-Reid says the upgrade is one of the many council projects realising the City Centre Masterplan vision to create a vibrant, better connected city centre that showcases Auckland as the world’s most liveable city.
He says Bledisloe Lane is a hugely important segment of what is described as the city centre pedestrian laneway circuit running from Aotea Square to the Waterfront.
“Currently the lane is well used, but its poor design quality does not encourage pedestrians to linger and enjoy the space,” says Mr Campbell-Reid.
“This situation does not fit well with the creative vibrant nature and potential of the Aotea Quarter cultural and entertainment precinct, or the kind of experience we want our Service Centre customers to have.
“Our plans to redevelop the lane, introduce a new service centre and redesign the Wellesley Street pocket park will transform the pedestrian experience”.
The design also considers future upgrades to Wellesley Street and the proposed site of the Aotea City Rail Link Station on Albert Street.
To expedite the construction works and ensure public safety the lane will be closed to pedestrians from late June to late September. Intermittent access will be allowed depending on construction occurring that day however customer access to New Zealand Post, Metro Centre and Bledisloe House main entrance will be maintained throughout construction.
The lane upgrade is expected to be complete later in the year.
Information about the upgrade project and pedestrian access during works is available on the Auckland Council website aucklandcouncil.govt.nz – search ‘Bledisloe Lane’.
I am always a fan of the glass canopy in walking thoroughfares especially if you want to encourage people to linger on days like we having right now.
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