Precinct Properties released their annual report yesterday, and it included the first glimpse of what they are planning to replace the existing Downtown Shopping Centre. As also reported yesterday, the development appears to be on track to start next year and the construction will also include building the CRL tunnels in the basement.
It looks like they’re setting quite a high standard, which is great, and it will look even better when Quay St is eventually made more people-friendly. The cars in the shot are probably just a bit of artistic license, as this part of Albert St will be used to replace the current bus stops around Britomart, which have to go as part of the CRL works and turning lower Queen St into a ‘people’ space.
In addition to the image, we know there’s a lane planned between the HSBC building and this new development, which you can kind of see along with another lane going East-West roughly halfway along the block between Quay and Custom St. I also wish they’d get rid of that pedestrian overbridge.
Here’s what it looks like now.
Also as a reminder, this is the tower they’re building. If you look closely you can actually see the development above shown on it but it’s something I never picked up on before.