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Friday, 26 February 2021

Kia ora neighbours and friends,
 
This week has been busy construction-wise, ahead of an event-packed weekend in the city centre. Downtown will be bustling this weekend, with Arts Fair on Queens Wharf and Round the Bays on Sunday! See below for more information on these events.
 
Next week, ongoing changes to Quay Street will include a new pedestrian crossing at the Lower Hobson Street intersection and a slight directional change towards the Pier 4 crossing, which will enable paving works along the northern footpath to accelerate.
 
Our crews will be busy this coming week widening the southern footpath as much as possible to accommodate for increased foot traffic expected downtown during the Lantern Festival and 36th America's Cup events. 
 
 Kia kaha, don't forget to use your NZ COVID Tracer app and happy reading!
Covid-19 support

Resurgence Support Payment


New financial support is available for eligible businesses that have experienced a 30% downturn over the current period of Alerts Level 3 & 2. Applications for the Resurgence Support Payment are open - find out more about eligibility, how much your business may be eligible to receive and how to apply here: https://lnkd.in/gqe8tBd
What's on Downtown

Auckland Art Fair

Auckland Art Fair is now on, gathering artists, gallerists, curators, and art enthusiasts from across Aotearoa to The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf.

Buy your tickets online and save on the door price.

OR....

Start your weekend with the perfect mix of culture and creativity at the Auckland Art Fair Art Party on tonight, Friday 26 February 2021 from 5pm – 9pm. Gather your friends for late night access to the Fair combined with live DJ sets and great food and drink


artfair.co.nz for all the info!

Round the Bays

Round the Bays is this Sunday!

On Sunday this beautiful 8.4km coastline run kicks off downtown here on Quay Street beside Spark Arena, and finishes in St Heliers Bay. 

You don’t wanna miss this party, with George FM’s DJ General Lee, three big livescreens of the crowd, 16 entertainment acts along the course, some famous faces handing out medals, and many more surprises. Secure your entry before event day, so as soon as you hit Quay Street you can start grooving to the tunes! 


For all race information and entry details click the link below
https://www.roundthebays.co.nz/event-info


Road Closures
Evolution Road Services in consultation with NZ Police will manage all closures and will allow access for buses, Tamaki Drive residents/businesses and port movements until approximately 30 minutes prior to the race start time of 9:15am. No further movements will take place until the roads are reopened.

For a list of all road closures click here.
Significant works / site changes

New pedestrian crossing opening next week

Lower Hobson Street / Quay Street intersection

Paving works are almost complete at the north-eastern corner of this intersection which mean that by Friday next week we will be able to pull back a section of fencing on the northern footpath and re-install the north-south pedestrian crossing.

Please only cross on the green pedestrian signals and be mindful of cyclists and scooters.

Area specific work updates
Noise mitigation will be used for all loud activity, and access to properties will be maintained at all times.

Consented site working hours are: 
Monday to Friday 6.30am to 10.30pm
Saturday 7.00am to 11.00pm | Sunday 9.00am to 7.00pm. 

QUAY STREET ENHANCEMENT

Streetscape works

  • Major works completed by April 2021.
  • Minor works (amenity installation & seasonal planting) ongoing to June 2021.

Artist Renders

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Current works underway
Lower Hobson Street intersection

Lower Hobson Street / Quay Street / Princes Wharf /
Eastern Viaduct intersection

North western corner (outside Burger Boy)
Street furniture / lighting installation complete end-Feb 2021
Planting complete June 2021
  • Clean out of new man holes are now underway but will be complete early next week.
  • Installation of new bench seats around the raingarden are complete. 
  • Final paving and grouting works around new street furniture is now complete.
  • Temporary fencing to remain in place until planting season (May/June).
South eastern corner (outside M Social)
Full paving complete end February 2021
Street furniture / lighting installation by March 2021
Planting by June 2021
  • Pedestrian switches will continue until paving works are complete.
  • Only paving works remain and will be complete early March.
  • Planting and landscaping works in May/June.
Princes Wharf
All paving now complete 
  • North-south pedestrian crossing on eastern side reinstated early next week.
  • All three lanes are now open for Princes Wharf (2x out & 1x in).
  • Pedestrian signals for crossing are in operation.
Northern side of Quay Street
Melt to Pier 4 crossing
Street furniture / lighting installation by March 2021
Full paving complete April 2021

Planting by June 2021
  • Final paving works are progressing well towards the Ferry Basin.
  • Pedestrian route change will take place next week for the Pier 4 crossing to allow paving to continue through.
  • Temporary fencing line will remain in place until rain gardens are planted.
  • Access to Pier 4 and all businesses is being maintained.

Ferry Basin (road side of Te Wānanga)

Pier 4 crossing to Ferry Building
Prepping for final concrete pour in this area

Street furniture / lighting installation complete by March 2021
Full paving complete April 2021

Planting by June 2021
  • Paving for new northern footpath continues.
  • Construction of new cycle lane continues - only one concrete pour remains.

Te Wānanga (Downtown Public Space)

New deck area over water

New fender piles being installed in Ferry Basin

Fender piling complete early March 2021
Street furniture / lighting installation by April 2021

Planting by June 2021

Ferry Building to Captain Cooks Wharf
Northern side of Quay Street
New stone bench seats have now been installed but will shift location when the road opens at its final alignment.

New asphalt footpath and cycle lane complete by mid-February
Full paving complete early 2021

Street furniture / lighting installation by March 2021
  • New stone bench seating has been temporarily placed in front of Ferry Building. Once Quay Street lanes are in their final alignment these will shift to their permanent locations along the northern footpath.
  • No access from the Ferry Building to Pier 4 until April along the northern footpath due to construction works - please use southern side of Quay Street footpath.
Southern side of Quay Street
Commerce Street to Lower Queen Street
New stone bench seat installation is underway

Full paving completion early 2021
Street furniture / lighting installation by April 2021
Planting by June 2021
  • New streetlight poles have now been installed with the final pole being installed early next week.
  • Paving works are almost complete.
  • Stone seating is now being installed.
  • Pedestrian thoroughfare along footpath and access to all buildings is maintained.
Lower Queen Street to Lower Albert Street
Full paving completion early 2021
Street furniture / lighting installation by April 2021
Planting by June 2021
  • The final raingarden is currently being emptied.
  • New streetlight poles will be complete next week.
  • Paving works are now underway.
  • Pedestrian thoroughfare along footpath and access to all buildings is maintained.
Lower Albert Street
Streetscape upgrade and bus interchange works
  • New Lower Albert Street bus stop is open for Birkenhead bus services to the North Shore, routes 95B, 95C, 95G, 97B, 97R and 97V.
  • All works south of the pedestrian over bridge are now complete.
  • The northern cones lines will stay in place until Quay street is in its final alignment.

Ferry Basin Redevelopment

All berths fully operational by mid-2021

  • Installation of all canopies for the new berths are now complete.
  • Finishing works ongoing until end-April 2021.
  • New berths scheduled to be in operation by mid-2021.
  • Berths 5 and 6 have now been handed over and are operational.
Ferry Basin redevelopment video: https://youtu.be/ljTfUzMzypA
1 News story and footage: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/easy-does-100-tonne-canopy-craned-into-place-auckland-ferry-terminal-project-hits-major-milestone

Public Transport 

Waiheke ferry services


Waiheke ferry services have temporarily relocated from berth 2B and 2C to the recently completed berths at Piers 1D & 1E until early March 2021.
 
The temporary shift is to facilitate works in the Ferry Basin, installing fender piles to protect the northern deck of Te Wananga, the newly created downtown public space. These works are part of the Downtown programme’s Ferry Basin redevelopment project.
 
Auckland Transport and Fullers360 are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for Waiheke ferry commuters during this time.

https://at.govt.nz/bus-train-ferry/service-announcements/waiheke-ferry-pier-change 

Auckland Transport's 2020/21 bus and ferry changes and improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) is making some changes to its public transport network to better meet the needs of a developing Auckland.

Improved bus routes are being introduced to reach some of Auckland’s developing suburbs and more ferry sailings where they are needed most. New electric buses are also being introduced to work towards a greener transport fleet.

AT is also making reductions to some public transport service operations. Following the COVID-19 pandemic AT must contribute to the overall cost savings Auckland Council is required to make.

Click here for more information.

Ferry changes due to America's Cup


Racing on the Waitematā Harbour will mean some changes, increased travel time, or cancellations to some ferry services between Friday 15 January to Tuesday 2 February 2021.

Click here to keep up to date with all ferry timetable changes during the Prada Cup.

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