Beca was engaged alongside other consultants to provide design, construction and management services to transform this previously industrial part of the city into an eye-catching public space.
Auckland's newest waterfront precinct was opened to the public by Waterfront Auckland in August 2011, with 50,000 people attending a gala open day.
The launch of Wynyard Quarter, as the precinct is known, marks completion of the first stage of the 25 year redevelopment of central Auckland's western waterfront. The redevelopment encompasses residential, commercial and public amenity spaces and will include the area currently occupied by a number of industrial sites.
Alongside a number of consultants, Beca provided civil design and monitoring, transport planning and cost management for key features of the precinct.
Wynyard Quarter's key features include:
- Karanga Plaza – a 4855m2 public space incorporating an information kiosk made of shipping containers and tidal steps to the water's edge.
- Jellicoe Street – a 440m long tree-lined blue stone paved boulevard incorporating a tramline, public seating, lighting, rain gardens and sculpture.
- North Wharf – ten new bars and restaurants on the water's edge.
- Silo Park – a grassed public space bordered by a 12m high by 110m long steel gantry, wetlands and children's playground.
- Viaduct Events Centre – a 5-Star Green Star building offering 6000m2 of exhibition space on the Halsey Street extension wharf.
- Wynyard Crossing – an opening bridge for pedestrians and cyclists connecting the Viaduct Harbour to Wynyard Quarter.
- Heritage tramway – a new 1.5km circuit bringing the first trams back to downtown Auckland in over half a century.