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UPDATE - 27 OCTOBER 2006

Time for an update .... The official number of new skyscrapers is 36.


60+ FLOORS:

64F (218m) * ELLIOTT STREET (Proposed)

30+ FLOORS:

36F (118m) * THE ANTIPODEAN (Awaiting Approval)
35F (???m) * ALBERT STREET - KIWI PROPERTIES (Awaiting Approval)
35F (???m) * 28 SHORTLAND STREET (Awaiting Approval)
33F (150m) * THE CHANCERY (Awaiting Approval)
33F (115m) * PRECINCT (Under Construction)
30F (140m) * SENTINEL (Under Construction)
30F (???m) * MERGE (Awaiting Approval)
30F (???m) * ALBANY CENTRE TOWER (Awaitng Approval)

20+ FLOORS:

27F (152m) * THE STANLEY (Back to the drawing boards)
25F (???m) * ALBANY CENTRE TOWER (Awaiting Approval)
22F (088m) * THE STAMFORD ON ALBERT (Under Construction)
21F (093m) * BNZ TOWER (Under Construction)
21F (???m) * ALBANY CENTRE TOWER (Awaiting Approval)

12+ FLOORS:

19F (???m) * RENAISSANCE II (Under Construction)
18F (???m) * CENTRO (Under Construction)
17F (???m) * VOLT (Under Construction)
17F (???m) * DIAMOND (Awaiting Approval)
16F (???m) * ST.MARTIN'S LANE (Under Construction)
16F (???m) * AURA (Awaiting Approval)
16F (???m) * VERVE (Tower 1 - Under Construction)
16F (???m) * VERVE (Tower 2 - Under Construction)
16F (???m) * PARKSIDE TOWERS (Tower 1 - Construction imminent)
14F (???m) * PARKSIDE TOWERS (Tower 2 - Construction imminent)
14F (???m) * THE FEDERAL (Under Construction)
14F (???m) * TETRA HOUSE (Under Construction)
14F (???m) * THE WAVERLEY (Tower 1 - Construction imminent)
14F (???m) * Unknown (Approved)
14F (???m) * "TASMAN" DEVELOPMENT (Awaiting Approval)
13F (???m) * "TASMAN" DEVELOPMENT (Awaiting Approval)
12F (???m) * THE WAVERLEY (Tower 2 - Construction imminent)
12F (???m) * BRIBANC SERVICED APARTMENTS (Under Construction)
12F (???m) * 413 ON QUEEN (Under Construction)
12F (???m) * FIORE ON HOBSON (Construction imminent)
12F (???m) * EMPIRE (Construction imminent)
12F (???m) * DYNASTY GARDENS (Under Construction)

ELLIOTT STREET TOWER - 64 storeys (218m)





BNZ Tower - 21 storeys (93m):




Stamford on Albert - 22 storeys (88m):




The Sentinel - 30 storeys (140m)




The Stanley - 27 storeys (152m including spire)




The Chancery - 33 storeys (150m)




The Antipodean - 36 storeys (120m )





HUGE MIXED-USE PROJECTS AND TOWN CENTRE PROJECTS:


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THE ALBANY CITY PROJECT (Under Construction):
130 hectares of new apartments, public spaces/parks, retail, hotels and offices. There could be up to 5 new skyscrapers here.






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QUBA SQUARE (Approved):
QUBA (QUARTER BELOW ANZAC):

At Ground level QuBA's heart will continue to beat day and night, with a mix of boutique commercial spaces, inhabited by those who are choosy about where and how they spend their time. The very heart of this space is QuBA Square, a lively outdoor area which brings together those who live and work at QuBA with those who come to visit, shop and dine. With its mix of restaurants, cafes and shopping, QuBA Square will become a destination in itself. The revitalisation of this district has already begun. QuBA's cafes, restaurants and interesting mix of retail, will create a new destination for those seeking the character and soul of cities they love.


A low rise mix of apartments and boutique commercial spaces across a series of buildings which face into the central QuBA Square. Built around wide lanes with a central Atrium which incorporates magnificent sculpture, art panels, water and light. Quba is a low rise development comprising high end residential apartments/ penthouses on the mid to upper floors and boutique commercial spaces on the ground and first floors. Built around a series of lanes opening into the central QuBA Square. This is your opportunity to purchase a work or living space overlooking the city, sea or square that's just a stones throw from the CBD and Parnell. In a city where urban living often means forgoing a sense of belonging, QuBA is about creating a village community with village values, right in the heart of the city. The neighbourhood is anchored by QuBA Square where sculpture, landscaping, restaurants and cafes provide those who live and work there with spaces to meet, entertain and share a sense of belonging. These strong and inviting communal spaces have been inspired by traditional European villages, where promenading is a part of daily life. Set amongst narrow, Vulcan Lane-like areas they provide plenty of places to walk, watch and pass the time of day. Structurally, we have created QuBA from age-old materials like the stones and metals we admire in cities around the world; materials that create a sense of tradition and which in 100 years, will still be improving with age. "As the strip from Auckland Harbour Bridge right through to Tamaki Drive continues to undergo urban regeneration, QuBA will be at its very heart".


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VICTORIA PARK VILLAGE (Approved):
Originally built for the Auckland City Council between 1902 and 1918, the buildings at Victoria Park contained the first refuse destructor and power station for the city. Kitchener Group purchased the property in 2004 and is developing it into residential apartments and a modern boutique shopping centre. The apartments will be of premium quality, and specialty stores will include emerging New Zealand fashion, gifts, homewares, health and beauty, and quality arts, crafts and souvenirs.


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SOHO SQUARE (Under Construction):
1.3 hectares of commercial, retail and residential - 5 new buildings will be built.






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NELSON QUARTER DEPOT SITE (Awaiting Approval):
3 hectares of new apartments, hotels, parking, offices and retail - all in all - 20 new buildings will be built (with the possibility of a couple of hi-rises)




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BRITOMART PRECINCT (Under Construction)
5.2 hectares of new lofts / apartments, retail, public spaces and offices. 17 Heritage buildings will be restored and 6 new buildings will be built.

WESTPAC HQ:
























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THE MASSEY TOWN CENTRE PROJECT (Awaiting Approval):
15 hectares of new apartments, public spaces/parks, retail, hotels and offices.


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SYLVIA PARK (Under Construction)
24 hectares - new Shopping Centre (NZ's largest but it will be displaced by The Westfield - Albany shopping Centre by mid 2007) and offices.














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THE TANK FARM WATERFRONT PROJECT (Awaiting Approval):
35 hectares of new apartments, public spaces/parks, retail, hotels and offices. There could be up to 4 new hi-rises here.

[B]www.tankfarm.co.nz[/B]


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HIGHBROOK PROJECT (Under Construction):
107 hectares of new apartments, public spaces/parks, retail, hotels and offices. There could be up to 5 new skyscrapers here.










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ST JOHNS (Under Construction)
110 hectares located in the heart of Auckland, next to the established eastern suburbs of Ellerslie, Meadowbank and St Johns. A master planned community will encompass 2,500 dwellings, a vibrant town centre, school / child care facilities and a convenience retail centre.

AREA TO BE DEVELOPED:



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FLATBUSH CITY PROJECT (Under Construction):
1700 hectares of new apartments, public spaces/parks, retail, hotels and offices.

http://www.manukau.govt.nz/default.aspx?id=2818


Summary -
Some of the key projects and proposals to be completed over the next 10 years:



* Spaghetti Junction.
Six new motorway-to-motorway links are being built, new on & off ramps created and the motorway widened for increased efficiency and capacity.






* Harbour Bridge to city.
Widening the southern motorway through Victoria Park and St Mary's Bay to a total of 10 lanes, ensuring motorists get the full benefit of improvements to Spaghetti Junction.

* CBD traffic.
A raft of measures, including more bus lanes, free loop buses and high-frequency buses along the "central transit corridor" linking Queen Street, the university, hospital and Newmarket will be introduced. A street grading system will be implemented, with buses taking priority on some.

* Rail.
An underground rail link connecting Britomart with the western line at Mt Eden, with stations on Albert Street near the Aotea Centre and at Karangahape Road.
More news on the underground rail network ...

An underground railway through the heart of Auckland's central business district (CBD) is back on the drawing board. The Auckland City Council says its 18-month investigation shows the link is a genuine engineering and economic possibility. The idea has been discussed several times in the past four years. But the council says new studies prove for the first time that an underground rail tunnel is feasible.The 3 km tunnel would extend the rail network westward from Britomart and connect with the Western Line near Mount Eden Station. The project would be put in the same timeframe as the proposed Waitemata Harbour crossing, 16 to 20 years. It is estimated to cost $500 million. The link would allow trains to pass through Britomart and create the possibility of an inner-city loop. Three additional stations would be built – near Aotea Square, Karangahape Road and the top of Symonds Street – bringing most of the CBD within a short walk of a station. The study has also recommended a preferred route for the connection, via Albert Street, Mayoral Drive, Vincent Street, Pitt Street, under the central motorway junction to Exmouth Street and the Western Line. This would also leave open the possibility of connecting the CBD with the North Shore, via a rail tunnel under the Waitemata Harbour. The project would transform Britomart from a terminus to a gateway to the region, and provide more direct connections for passengers travelling to and from both Waitakere and Manukau cities. Britomart has been built at a depth that allows for this underground option for a high-speed, high-capacity rail link through the CBD.

* Eastern transport corridor.
A $1.2 billion corridor has been proposed, linking Auckland and Manakau cities using the existing Mt Wellington Highway and Waipuna Road and crossing Hobson Bay with a two lane highway. A final decision is still to be made.

* Waiouru peninsula highway.
Work a new direct link between East Tamaki and the Southern Motorway will start before the end of the year. The project involves building a new road across the Waiouru peninsula on the southern bank of the Tamaki Estuary, the join SH1 at a new interchange near Wymondley. As part of the project the Otahuhu interchange will be upgraded.

* Newmarket viaduct widening and upgrade.
A strategic lifeline in and out of the city, Newmarket Viaduct carries six lanes of traffic up to 28 metres above ground. Transit New Zealand will increase southbound capacity, with construction planned for 2008.

* Northern Busway.
The busway will run alongside SH1 from Constellation Drive to the Auckland Harbour Bridge and provide a fast, efficient alternative to private transport. It will feature five PARK & RIDE bus stations.

ABANY BUS STATION:




CONSTELLATION BUS STATION:




SUNNYNOOK BUS STATION:




WESTLAKE BUS STATION:




AKORANGA BUS STATION:





* New Auckland harbour crossing to city.
As Auckland grows, it will eventually need an additional Waitemata Harbour crossing. A number of different options are being considered, including another bridge or an immersed-tube tunnel running under the harbour from the northern motorway to Wynyard Wharf.

* Northern motorway extension.
A 7.5 kilometre extension to the Northern Motorway between Orewa and Puhoi will ease congestion and become Auckland's first toll road.



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OTANERUA ECO-VIADUCT:



* Hobsonville deviation.
Starting at the western end of the Upper Harbour Bridge, the Hobsonville section will extend five kilometres to the Northwestern Motorway.




* Western ring route.
This enables north/south traffic to completely bypass Auckland city and the Auckland Harbour Bridge, easing congestion through the city. The southernmost section is the Manukau extension linking SH1 at Manukau City to SH20 at the Puhinui interchange. Also included are the SH20 Mt Roskill extension, the Greenhithe deviation and the Upper Harbour Bridge duplication.

* Western railway line double tracking.
A $23 million first-stage project is creating a double-rail passage from Mt Eden to New Lynn, to reduce hold-ups from trains having to give way to each other on the line's single track.

* Baby Britomart, Henderson.
The Waitakere City Council's ambitious plan to build a $29 million transport interchange and civic centre at Henderson in a "baby Britomart" development.

* Ferries.
New terminals and services to the east, west and the north of the city centre are planned in multimillion dollar proposals. New routes and wharves are at West Harbour, Hobsonville, Beach Haven, Island Bay, Browns Bay, Takapuna, Te Atatu, St Heliers and Howick.

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Now, has anyone got any information on the Waitakere City Councils proposal for undergrounding the New Lynn train station?
 
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^^^ Why thank you Mate ! The funny thing is that I have also been surfing the net trying to find more info regarding The New Lynn train station :) - I am sure that it is going to be something and The Newmarket Station is apparently going to be awesome - I can't wait to see the renderings.
 

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Nice work Enigma. Another 30 story plus job to add is one being planned for the same block as the Stanley. Supposedly 35 - 40 stories. Details a bit thin on the ground but it is one of the reasons the redesign of the Stanley is only 16 - 18 stories. No doubt more details will emerge soon.
 
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Nice work Enigma. Another 30 story plus job to add is one being planned for the same block as the Stanley. Supposedly 35 - 40 stories. Details a bit thin on the ground but it is one of the reasons the redesign of the Stanley is only 16 - 18 stories. No doubt more details will emerge soon.
It is the waiting that kills me ;)
 
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Yee ha! Who's ya daddy!
Auckland is rolling. Excellent update (once again) Enigma.
From the looks you could also chuck in Whenuapai (airport dev) shortly.

A man says that and I am his - 'who is your daddy" - very sexy ! Str8 boys - try it on your ladies, it is like magic ;)
 

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Update on the Queen Street upgrade...

Getting on with upgrading Queen Street
Friday, 27 October 2006

Press Release: Auckland City Council
27 October 2006


Independent commissioners have granted Auckland City a non-notified resource consent to complete the next phase of the Queen Street upgrade.

The consent covers improvements between Wellesley and Customs streets, which include new paving, kerbs, street furniture, artworks and additional tree planting.

The upgrade plans to re-establish Queen Street's status as the country's number one destination for business, shopping and entertainment.
Pedestrians take priority in the transformation.

Mayor of Auckland city Dick Hubbard says the council is pleased they are able to get on and progress the upgrade. Mr Hubbard says they have worked closely with property owners, businesses and users of the street for more
than two years.

"Our approach to this multi-million dollar makeover has been to listen to stakeholders and the community and to strike a balance between meeting
the requirements of a wide variety of groups while creating a world-class
main street," he says.
 
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Hoping for The Edge in convention centre race​

Monday October 30, 2006

The Edge is confident of being chosen as the site for a $100 million-plus international-size convention centre in Auckland. It wants to build the project at the same time as the $50 million replacement of the leaky Civic carpark roof in Aotea Square. A convention centre steering group is due next month to announce the preferred location, size and scope for an international convention centre in Auckland.

The city has two medium-sized conference centres at The Edge and Sky City capable of hosting up to 1500 delegates. There has been talk for years of building an international-sized convention centre for up to 4000 delegates. The Edge chief executive Greg Innes, a tireless campaigner to expand the Aotea Centre as the venue for a large convention centre, told the Herald he was "quietly confident" of getting the nod from the steering group made up of councils, government departments and the New Zealand Convention Association.

Other sites believed to be in the mix include the Tank Farm on the western side of the waterfront and around Bledisloe Wharf on the eastern side. In The Edge's annual report chairman David Wolfenden writes: "We believe a smart move would be to integrate the carpark repairs, upgrade the square and construct the international convention centre [at the same time] and have it completed in time for the Rugby World Cup 2011. This would be a magnificent result for Auckland and New Zealand."

The repairs will mean the closure of the Aotea Centre from November 2008 to September 2010. Auckland City Mayor Dick Hubbard last night said he supported The Edge as a stand-alone location for an international convention centre but would consider the possibility of building a convention centre into a new stadium at Bledisloe Wharf, if that site was chosen as the premier venue for the Rugby World Cup.

It could be a lot cheaper to build a convention centre into a stadium than a stand-alone building between the Aotea Centre and Civic building out across the top of Mayoral Drive, he said. Two of New Zealand's leading architects, Auckland-based Jasmax and Wellington-based Athfield Architects, have drawn up plans for a convention centre attached to the Aotea Centre but the images are under wraps until the steering group makes a decision. The cost is "substantially more than $100 million".

A source involved with the steering group said the "funding model was at an elementary stage". The only money on the table for a convention centre is $100 million in Auckland City Council's 10-year plan for "regional, national and international facilities". Unfortunately for convention centre supporters, this fund looks as though it will largely be gobbled up for a new or upgraded Eden Park stadium for the Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile, The Edge, which runs the Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall and Civic Theatre, has reported its fourth straight year of surpluses by recording a $267,000 profit in the past year. Conventions were the main source of revenue, contributing $4.4 million. The five stages were not as busy as in previous years, with 427,000 tickets sold for commercial entertainment and performing arts events, including 48,000 tickets for a five-week season of Dirty Dancing.
 
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I was just thinking - I started the Auckland Development thread just before I left South Africa, 15 Months ago, and we are now on PART 3 which means that we fill this thread on average every 5 months - how can the "powers that be" say that we don't have enough traffic to warrant sub-forums ... there are other forums faaaar quiter than us and they have sub-forums ... YES ! I am still nagging and I won't give up ... I will email JAN ;) - keep your fingers crossed boys.
 

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Auckland city library is starting to get the cudos it deserves.

NZ Herald 2006/11/01



The transformation of an "awkward" corner into a welcoming space impressed judges at this year's New Zealand Institute of Architects Resene local awards for architecture.

Using huge frameless glass windows, Auckland architect GHD improved access to and visibility of the Auckland Central City Library, judges said, awarding it the prize in the community culture category.

The large double-hung shug windows - two sheets of sliding glass - removed the boundaries between inside and out, said judging panel convener and architect Paul Clarke, and meant the cafe had become the library's connection to the public.

The challenges of redeveloping the Lorne St-Wellesley St space included the "tight, awkward" corner location.

Judges said the architects "had used urban design awareness to give life to a CBD corner".

A further challenge for the architects was dealing with an already existing building which was perceived as being "a place where people went inside and had to be quiet", Clarkesaid.

However, the architects had created a meeting place where people could talk.

The cafe is part of a $2.6 million upgrade by the Auckland City Council and of the council's CBD Into the Future strategy.

The upgrade also included improving the layout of the library's ground and first floors.
 

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Upgrading Queen Street
From City Scene, published 2006/11/05

Independent commissioners have granted Auckland City a non-notified resource consent to complete the next phase of the Queen Street upgrade. The consent covers improvements between Wellesley and Customs streets, and includes new paving, kerbs, street furniture, artworks and additional tree planting.

Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard says the council is pleased they are able to get on with the upgrade. He says Auckland City has worked closely with property owners, businesses and users of the street for more than two years. "Our approach to this multi-million dollar makeover has been to listen to stakeholders and the community," Mr Hubbard says, "and strike a balance between meeting the requirements of a wide variety of groups, while creating a world-class main street."
 
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