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Quay Street upgrade on track

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23 July 2004

Quay Street upgrade on track

Funding for the Quay Street upgrade has been increased by $2.9 million. This will allow the upgrade to cover:
- the area between the eastern side of the new ferry terminal and eastern side of Britomart Place
- the entrance to the Viaduct and
- improved bluestone paving in front of the Ferry Building.

The chairperson of Auckland City’s Recreation and Events Committee, Councillor Scott Milne, says Dominion Constructors Limited’s initial $4.1 million tender did not cover these areas.

“This is the first tangible benefit of the central business district (CBD) targeted rate. Thanks to this funding we are now able to complete the entire project by March 2005. The physical work will begin on 9 August, with the unveiling of the Greer Twist sculpture, ‘Flight Trainer for Albatross’, at the main pedestrian entry to Princes Wharf on Quay Street,” Mr Milne says.

The Quay Street work includes improved lighting, artworks, the addition of more street furniture, the planting of about 70 Pohutakawa trees and reducing traffic lane widths to 3.0 and 3.2 metres to allow the footpaths to be widened on the north side of the street.

The Quay Street upgrade is part of Auckland City’s Auckland CBD Into the future strategy to revitalise Auckland’s CBD into one of the world’s most vibrant and dynamic business and cultural centres.

Dominion Constructors Limited have a proven track record in delivering high quality street environments. Recent examples of their work include the public space at the Viaduct and Britomart project.

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