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Old May 10th, 2010, 06:04 PM   #1
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FEDERAL STREET Upgrade | Completed

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Old May 10th, 2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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This is great, best of all SkyCity are funding it themselves. I really hope this goes ahead.
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Old May 10th, 2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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Old May 11th, 2010, 12:37 AM   #5
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Awesome

Looks fantastic, thanks for the info. Federal Street is an awkward little area that really could be opened up to something great. The Hobson Street prominade could be revitalised too! It looks quite seedy and dark at present.

All looks positive!
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Old May 11th, 2010, 04:06 AM   #6
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I also think this would be great, it's a horrible little street at present so in a way losing the sky above a portion of it to allow this would be a good compromise. I think the activation of the street frontage would be a pretty great outcome.
I agree. It seems amazing that the most prominent building in Auckland has such an ordinary, and arguably shabby, street-level space. And greenery - hurrah!
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Old May 11th, 2010, 08:41 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info Drosophila. Exciting news. That will be the start of a world of difference around the Sky Tower. The surrounding areas of Sky Tower are quite embarrassing at the moment - even with the AGC "upgrade" there is much room for improvement especially since the Tower is such a tourist attraction.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 09:44 PM   #9
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Old May 12th, 2010, 07:14 AM   #10
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Very in-depth information, Drosophila, thank you! I am very impressed with this proposal as currently Federal St is very unappealing. I would love to see more shared spaces in Auckland city on the smaller side streets like this.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:31 AM   #11
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Flickr is playing silly buggers with linking to Skyscrapercity at the moment so most of my images will be offline until some sort of agreement can be arrived at (if at all possible)

Here are more images of Federal Street as it is now......

















This is another building (Palace) that could do with some serious TLC. Hopefully someone buys it up and turns it into a Boutique Hotel/ Department Store / Designers Emporium.


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Nice pics, reminds me the Rydges extension must just about be finished? got any recent snaps?
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I really like these corner buildings that are scattered around Auckland - this one is a great one too and would look fantastic if done up. The block of shops and apartments opposite skycity are a real disgrace at the moment. This shared space could be the catalyst to attract a higher quality tenant.
I really like the restaurants along to the right of the pub here - lots of variety and interest - its the sort of place people want to go at night: intimate spaces, no big glassy wind-swept faces in this block (although I agree that's not the case in the next block along Victoria street).
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From tvnz.co.nz today



The Auckland City Council has pledged their support for Sky City's proposal to re-develop Federal St as a pedestrian friendly area in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.


If their proposal is put into action the Sky City Convention Centre will be expanded across Federal St to create a pedestrian friendly space with new bars and restaurants.

Sky City's chief executive officer Nigel Morrison says the project would be funded by both the council and the private sector. Sky City plan to invest over $20m in the re-development alone.

"It's hugely positive for the city. Having it completed in time for the Rugby World Cup will ensure significant economic spinoff for the inner city businesses, hotels, bars and restaurants."

However the proposal is still just a concept and will be subject to the normal resource consent process.

"The reality is that Federal St is currently a street for buses, taxis and entrances into car parks. This proposal will rejuvenate this central area which is pivotal to the majority of the city's entertainment areas."
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Old May 18th, 2010, 09:34 AM   #18
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Great news that, now lets get on and build it. Hopefully no NIMBYs with nothing better to do stick their oar in during the consent process and we have this up and running towards the end of next year.

Anyone know what's happening with the other shared spaces around the CBD? Any progress on those?
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Federal Street can only benefit from this move - as it is, it is a dark and dingy thoroughfare mainly for buses, cars and taxis and pedestrians moving but having no reason to pause apart from Starbucks on the end or Belllota's halfway down. It also happens to be one of the main entrances to the Grand Hotel and conference centre, and award winning Dine restaurant - hardly an inspiring look for people visiting those.
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