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Bledisloe Lane transformation underway

Work has started on the upgrade of Bledisloe Lane to deliver an improved city centre laneway and enhanced access to Bledisloe House.

A popular thoroughfare for inner city workers, theatre-goers and tourists, the lane which connects Wellesley Street to Aotea Square has often been criticised for its dark recesses and gloomy, dated appearance.

The upgrade will transform the lane into a brighter and safer connection with new paving, a new glass canopy and façade to Bledisloe House at ground level and includes an upgraded pocket park on Wellesley Street. The existing canopy which significantly limits natural light will be removed in stages between June and September.

The upgrade also aligns with the relocation of the council’s Customer Service Centre from the Civic Building to the ground floor of Bledisloe House later this year. The introduction of new value-added interactions such as self-service kiosks, combined with the new location on the popular walking route, is set to deliver a new standard of service delivery for the centre.

Both projects share the vision of enhancing the public’s experience of Bledisloe Lane.

Auckland Council design champion Ludo Campbell-Reid says the upgrade is one of the many council projects realising the City Centre Masterplan vision to create a vibrant, better connected city centre that showcases Auckland as the world’s most liveable city.

He says Bledisloe Lane is a hugely important segment of what is described as the city centre pedestrian laneway circuit running from Aotea Square to the Waterfront.

“Currently the lane is well used, but its poor design quality does not encourage pedestrians to linger and enjoy the space,” says Mr Campbell-Reid.
“This situation does not fit well with the creative vibrant nature and potential of the Aotea Quarter cultural and entertainment precinct, or the kind of experience we want our Service Centre customers to have.

“Our plans to redevelop the lane, introduce a new service centre and redesign the Wellesley Street pocket park will transform the pedestrian experience”.
The design also considers future upgrades to Wellesley Street and the proposed site of the Aotea City Rail Link Station on Albert Street.

To expedite the construction works and ensure public safety the lane will be closed to pedestrians from late June to late September. Intermittent access will be allowed depending on construction occurring that day however customer access to New Zealand Post, Metro Centre and Bledisloe House main entrance will be maintained throughout construction.

The lane upgrade is expected to be complete later in the year.
Information about the upgrade project and pedestrian access during works is available on the Auckland Council website aucklandcouncil.govt.nz – search ‘Bledisloe Lane’.



















Next door the Metro Centre upgrade (with its funky blue lighting) is coming along too..











 

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Looking good. It's a shame a Coffee Club has opened on the prime spot on Aotea Square though. You'd have to really try hard to find a more mediocre hospitality option than that.
 

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Looking good. It's a shame a Coffee Club has opened on the prime spot on Aotea Square though. You'd have to really try hard to find a more mediocre hospitality option than that.
Yeah...I just hope they get some a good bar in there. It would make a good rallying point before going to a show.
 

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^^ Yeah i agree. That style of building actually has beautifully clean lines... Remove the shades, every second window group pull back to create an enclosed balcony. Would be cooking with gas!
 

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Yeah...I just hope they get some a good bar in there. It would make a good rallying point before going to a show.
Since the Council buildings don't have cafes in their lobbies, the Box and a lot of other coffee places near Aotea Square are constantly filled with consultants having meetings over coffee..they must do great business :)
 
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Already a vast improvement and it's not even finished - the less canopies the better :cheers:
 

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Humming along

Council must be working to a deadline here as this is progressing very fast, even hard out today. Stage 1 of the Metro upgrade will open out on to the remodeled lane in due course..

Also stage 2 of the Metro upgrade has opened up to foot traffic, still a few shops to go in. The second stage is modeled on the original city markets that stood on the Metro centre site up until the late 50,s when Bledisloe Street was created which itself has now been built over.

This redevelopment has created a couple of lane ways through the centre and is quite well done...























 
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