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Construction Albert St- Customs to Victoria Streets


This page details work in the lower Albert Street area between Customs and Victoria Streets - followed by the latest notifications.

Our Albert Street works – also referred to as Contract 2 (C2) - are being undertaken by Connectus, a McConnell Dowell and Downer joint venture.

C2 started with the relocation of a major stormwater line in Albert Street between Swanson and Wellesley Streets and the strengthening and bridging of a section of the Orakei Sewer Main at the intersection of Victoria Street and Albert Street. 

Since then, Connectus has also completed a ‘cut and cover’ trench down the middle of Albert Street between Wyndham Street and Customs Street and has almost finished building the twin underground rail tunnels inside it.   

What’s happening now?

Connectus is now backfilling the trench up to road level, working progressively from Wyndham Street to Customs Street. This work is expected to continue until the end of 2019.  

It has also made a start on the final stage of works – the reinstatement of Albert Street - which will bring an enhanced streetscape with wider footpaths, new street furniture and trees and new stormwater infrastructure. This is also being undertaken in a northern direction, from Wyndham to Customs. 

The reinstatement will be undertaken in seven key stages. Each stage has different traffic management set-ups and changes to the location of construction hoardings and pedestrian access routes. 

What’s coming up for Albert Street in the future? 

Towards the end of this year, CRL is expecting to start diverting utility services between Victoria and Wellesley Streets as part of early works for the new Aotea Station. This work will be undertaken by the Link Alliance, who will deliver CRL’s main stations and tunnels work. Link Alliance will come to meet with businesses before works get underway. 

The Link Alliance expects to start the main Aotea station works before the middle of 2020, starting with the piling works mentioned above. 

Images of Albert Street Reinstatement

Note: These sketches demonstrates the sequence of activities and approximate dates. As with all construction projects, these dates are subject to change and can be affected by weather, unforeseen scope, unforeseen ground conditions, unforeseen utilities, contractor delay (productivity) and other external influences.

This information below is from contractors Connectus. If you have a query, phone 0800 CRL TALK (0800 275 8255).

Latest Notifications

Update on utility work

13 September 2019

The concrete pavement for the footpath has been put down around the Shakespeare Hotel and through Ellice Road. 

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The entrance of Ellice Road car parking will be reopened on Monday 16 September 8am.

The team is continuing to build the kerbline further down the street between Ellice Road and Swanson Street West.

Northbound traffic at the intersection of Albert/Swanson West was pushed out closer to the ANZ corner. This allows us to complete the services works at the Park Residences corner. 

Removal of the capping beam and the preparation of the tree pits continue between Swanson to Wolfe Streets.

The stormwater works on Wolfe Street will continue this week. The footpath access will be maintained, and temporary loading zones remain available.

Further down the road, the backfilling of the trench, removal of the steel struts, concrete and traffic deck continue between Wolfe Street/Mills Lane and Customs Street.

Note: During the current streetscape works, we are providing three bays of temporary loading zone P10 on Albert Street outside the Good To Go Supermarket.

Other loading zones or P5 stops are available at the following locations:

• 3 P5 bays and one disabled space outside the Quay West building

• 3 bays on Mills Lane behind the Stamford Hotel

• 3 bays on Albert Street in front of the Stamford Hotel

• 1 bay on Swanson Street outside Park Residences

Safety Alert

CRL Ltd is undertaking a CPTED safety audit along Albert Street. This audit specifically looks for opportunities to make people in the area feel safer and promote crime prevention, particularly as construction continues.

We have already taken steps to ensure hoardings have been designed to create as much light in the street as possible. We would like to continue looking at what else can be done practically to promote safety in the street.

There had been an unfortunate incident at Shakespeare Hotel, which had a chair stolen from their front door. If you have any information you’d like to share about your experiences of safety along Albert Street, please let us know.

From Friday 13 September

Albert Street West - between Wyndham and Swanson Streets- Corner of Swanson and Albert Streets

The pedestrian crossing on Swanson Street West will be relocated several meters to the West from today for approximately one month.

Hydro-excavation, diggers and saw cutting will be used. Noise mitigation will be in place when applicable.

Albert Street West - between Swanson and Wolfe Streets

We continue the capping beam demolition in this area, in combination with wire sawing and concrete breaking.

We will be completing this in early October.

Noise mitigation will be in place when applicable.

From Monday 16 September- Albert Street West - between Wyndham and Swanson Streets

From Ellice Road to Park Residences

The team will continue to build the kerbline and the preparation for the pour of the next section of the concrete base.

Consent plans can be found at this link below