Agreed transport outcomes for a key city center redevelopment opportunity
In an exciting step for the city center, the Auckland council planning committee approved the transport results for the redevelopment of the city center parking lot site, which alongside the urban regeneration results agreed on the year last, will offer high-quality mixed-use development that includes forward-looking means of transport.
Once the strategic outcomes for the site have been agreed upon, it can be taken to a competitive market process to find a development partner who can help bring a vision to life. port edge point which unites the city center and the waterfront, as shown in the City Center Masterplan.
Located in a prime downtown location, the site is essential for connecting downtown to the waterfront neighborhoods of Viaduct Harbor and Wynyard Quarter to the west.
The committee agreed that potential development partners should provide proposals that meet the previously agreed urban regeneration outcomes as well as the following transport outcomes:
- A bus facility (including short-term bus stops, recharging facilities for electric buses, active bus stops, and passenger amenities), either removing the flyover of Lower Hobson Street and replacing it by a bus facility accessible on the street, or as part of the redevelopment site, which also includes the potential removal of the flyover
- A flexible and accessible multimodal transport hub that can evolve over time and supports public access to micromobility (bicycles and electric scooters), including end-of-trip facilities, a mobility car park and a micro distribution hub freight
- No specification on the number of short-term parking lots, but proposals to include details of the parking required to meet development goals and any additional short-term public parking that they propose to provide
Bus access to the city center is already the backbone of the public transport network, with 450 buses bringing the same number of people into the city as 30,000 cars each morning.
In addition, the demand for public transport to the city center is expected to increase considerably over the next decades.
By incorporating forward-looking transportation facilities into the development, the site will help accommodate and facilitate this expected growth of people coming and moving around the city center.
This will increasingly be done via public transport, walking and cycling, as provided for in Access for All (A4E).
The redevelopment of this important site will continue the transformation of the city center that has taken place over the past decade, with significant investment and work already carried out by the Auckland Council Group and private investment.
Mayor Phil Goff said the development would transform a poorly designed and unattractive parking lot into an iconic neighborhood in line with the nearby Commercial Bay and Viaduct Basin.
“Auckland city center is undergoing an exciting transformation with projects such as Harborside Park, Te Komititanga and Quay Street Improvement, helping to create a vibrant and friendly downtown. “
“This project will build on this transformational energy. It will revitalize a currently tired area and create a world-class and environmentally attractive urban space that will become a magnet for business and investment and a thriving place to live, work, visit and shop.
Auckland Council Planning Committee Chairman Chris Darby said the move marks a decisive step towards realizing the vision of the Auckland Downtown Masterplan to Downtown, while also meeting the future downtown transportation needs.
“The downtown car park is the most exciting site in central Auckland; it is in a spectacular waterfront location in the heart of the downtown transportation system. We have a significant opportunity to get creative solutions from the market on how we are making a big improvement in the public domain in this part of town. This will complete an important section of the City Center Laneway circuit, strengthening its connections with the port edge point. It also supports the transition to sustainable modes of transport, which has long been a key part of the downtown master plan.
“The redevelopment of the downtown parking lot has been part of our downtown master plan since 2012. I look forward to this process moving forward to find the best way forward to achieve both our urban development results and transport.
Auckland Transport Managing Director Shane Ellison said: “It is great news that we have locked down transport requirements to meet the needs of customers accessing the city center. We have made it clear that any development of the downtown parking lot must take into account the changes we will see in the way people arrive in New Zealand’s economic hub and what is transforming into vibrant, high-end urban spaces. quality.
Eke Panuku chief executive David Rankin said sites of this size present great opportunities for urban development in the city center.
“The city center has already changed completely over the past decade thanks to public and private investment,” he says.
“This decision will allow us to enter the market with clear results and offer more first-class design in the city center, in line with the City Council’s City Center Master Plan. We must ensure that any redevelopment improves the surrounding environment while meeting our current and future transportation needs. “
Eke Panuku Development Auckland will now prepare for a competitive market process for the site, which is due to start in July.
The results of the urban regeneration of the site, as agreed in December 2020, include:
- A high quality mixed use development with active uses overlooking public streets and alleys. The mix of uses must support a rich ecosystem of day and night economy;
- A mixture of residential typologies;
- An exceptional architectural quality which positively contributes to the Auckland Harbor urban landscape and makes good use of its strategic location in the city center;
- Height and volume of the building in accordance with Auckland’s unitary plan, to obtain a podium on a human scale overlooking the street, with a slender tower (or towers) which contribute positively to the horizon;
- Incorporation of Te Aranga Māori design principles;
- Universal design best practices at all stages;
- Business and retail development with a minimum Green Star rating of five; and
- Residential development with a minimum Home Star rating of eight.