Some of the big improvements needed in the CBD seem to be finally starting to move along. First there was the announcement that AT will be doing some more detailed design work on the CRL at the northern end and yesterday the council announced they’re starting the process to get the design for Quay St nailed down.
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.
This follows work done last year on draft concept designs for the area and one of the images from that work is below
There’s not a huge amount to go on from that image but from what I can gather it appears the concept has
- Shared space intersections
- Two lanes of traffic each way and no separate turning lanes at intersections
- A central planted median with Trees
- Slightly widened footpaths
- No parking
- No Cycle Lanes
My understanding is that the design contract will cover from Hobson St potentially all the way through to Tangihua St.
Of course already some Councillors aren’t happy. Cameron Brewer is asking where the cars will go and Mike Lee is suggesting we have to build an insanely expensive tunnel for them.
It’s amazing and disappointing that both of these two only seem to think we should upgrade our city and make it more pedestrian friendly as long as we somehow keep drivers happy.
This is obviously a project we’re going to be focusing on very closely.