The City Rail Link Design team in conjunction with Auckland Council has been working on the design for Lower Queen Street and Britomart station surrounds for when the CRL work there is completed.
The concept design has just been completed for review by the Auckland Urban Design Panel and the City Centre Advisory Board.
What's proposed is a creation of a stunning plaza and pedestrian space for Auckland in Lower Queen Street outside the Britomart Transport Centre.
The team is working in partnership with Mana Whenua to generate a high quality flexible space that responds to the unique Auckland narrative.
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This is how Lower Queen Street will look including for special events
At first, this area was full of trams
And trams and cars....
After trams, the public ruled for a while
Then the diesel buses gathered
The public loved the 2016 trial
The removal of buses from Lower Queen Street in 2016 allowed the street to undergo a temporary transformation. Partnering with Activate Auckland, the CRL team installed artificial grass, surface paint and artwork to turn it into a popular public space.
It became a meeting point, a transit space, a transport thoroughfare and a surprise space with buskers, art installations, tour promoters, interactive community events and food stalls and hosted the memorable CRL construction launch ceremony.
Although the space was surrounded by construction zones, the transformation proved to be popular with visitors and locals alike, especially over summer when deck chairs were used daily.