Britomart’s new temporary entrance is open

The new temporary entrance at Britomart, which I’ll refer to as ‘the shed’ and is needed while the City Rail Link is built under the old Chief Post Office (CPO), is now able to be used by the public. From next week the CPO will close making the shed the main entry to the station and the only way to access it at the western end – the entrance under the EY building is unaffected. I haven’t been though Britomart yet this year but Cam Pitches kindly grabbed some photos for us. And here it is a little closer up This looks quite different from the renderings Auckland Transport produced earlier showing it looking …
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Are we getting the Public Space Outcome at Britomart the City Needs?

One of best things Auckland is getting as a result of the great upgrade that is the City Rail Link is, at last, a proper urban public square in precisely the right place. The section of Lower Queen St in front of the grand old CPO that is now the Britomart train station, once void of all vehicles, will become the most important bit of paving in the city. Or at least it certainly has the potential to become the symbolic and functional starting point of the whole city: Not only will every protest or celebration will start or end there it is also where the city conceptually starts, down on the water’s edge. …
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New Buildings at Britomart

Britomart has been an outstanding success, both from the train station – which is way ahead of patronage projections – and the redevelopment of the precinct around the station which has turned the area from one of the most run down and avoided into one of Auckland’s best urban destinations. That redevelopment has been done by Cooper & Co and has included the renovation of 18 heritage buildings as well as the construction of new ones such as the EY and Westpac buildings. While much has been done, what a lot of people often don’t realise is that the redevelopment is still far from complete. One particularly large change will …
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