Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Construction to start on historic seawall

Major construction works to strengthen Waitematā Harbour’s historic seawall are due to start this month.

Preparatory works have been underway since May as the first stage of the seismic strengthening programme which will safeguard Auckland’s waterfront for the next 100 years.

Strengthening the Quay Street seawall is the first step towards creating a revitalised waterfront area, with wider footpaths, easier navigation, new street furniture, more trees, and greater opportunity for business and events.

The works are part of the city’s 10-year Downtown Programme which is a joint venture between Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.

“Strengthening of the seawall is essential to protect Quay Street and the underground utilities within it,” Auckland Transport's Downtown Programme Director Eric van Essen says.

“Once the work has been completed we will upgrade and transform Quay Street, widening the footpaths, planting more trees, reducing vehicle volumes and giving more priority to pedestrians, people on bikes and public transport users.”

The seawall will be strengthened in four sections, with consents for three already granted.

The Queens Wharf to Marsden Wharf section will be worked on first, with the Princes Wharf, Ferry Basin and Ferry Building sections following.

A tailored approach is being taken to the strengthening programme, with different methodologies used based on location, ground conditions and design requirements. The methodologies include installing a new palisade wall behind the existing wall and anchoring the existing wall.



Since the 1800’s the southern shore of the Waitematā Harbour has been an important place of transport, trade and commerce.

The seawall was first built between 1879 and 1886, to the west and east of Britomart, with more sections added after the turn of the 20th Century.

Council’s Downtown Programme staff are working closely with local businesses and stakeholders to ensure a positive experience is maintained for visitors and customers during construction.

Good Group Hospitality’s operations manager Hamish Klein says council has been “excellent” at communicating during preparatory works.

“The communication has been amazing.

“We’ve had meetings with council staff and plenty of emails and texts… there seems to be a sense of urgency and a no surprise policy.”

With a number of businesses located along the waterfront, Mr Klein says it’s important to look at the “big picture”.

“The end result will be a waterfront that’s world class.

“It will be a place where people can enjoy themselves, celebrate and have a good time.”

Funding for the Downtown Programme is provided through the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT), the city’s 2018-2028 Long-term Plan, the Regional Land Transport Programme, the City Centre Targeted Rate and third-party contributions.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Trump’s Open White Nationalism

At one level, this has been the week that the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln – which once led a civil war that ended the slave economy of the South – has now defined itself openly as being the party of white nationalism.

By telling those four elected, American born and/or raised women of colour to “go home”, US President Donald Trump’s racist agenda has come out of the shadows. More>>

 

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

$1m Compensation Paid: First Gun Ban Event In Christchurch

The Police Minister says the first ever firearms collection event in Christchurch over the weekend was a huge success. But Stuart Nash had concerns about whether the participation reflected the number of weapons in the region. More>>

ALSO:

The Kids: Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off

120 Youth MPs and 20 Youth Press Gallery members have gathered in Wellington to attend the two-day Youth Parliament event ... More>>

ALSO:

Friends Like These: Foreign Minister To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. today for talks with senior members of the US Administration, and to attend the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aussie Banks’ Latest Fee Hike Excuse

When the Reserve Bank sought feedback on its plans to require the country’s major banks to raise their capital reserves then you might have expected the banks to whine and complain. And so they have. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels