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Latest Images: Britomart area post-CRL

Latest images: Britomart area post-CRL

 

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

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At first, this area was full of trams

TRAMWAY: Trams soon after the CPO was opened in 1912 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1533)

TRAMWAY: Trams soon after the CPO was opened in 1912 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1533)

And trams and cars....

FIT FOR THE ROYALS: The CPO decked out for a Royal visit in 1927 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19270224-44-6) 

FIT FOR THE ROYALS: The CPO decked out for a Royal visit in 1927 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19270224-44-6) 

After trams, the public ruled for a while

PUBLIC SQUARE: Aucklanders enjoying the area in front of Britomart Transport Centre in 1989 before buses were moved there (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1021-207)

PUBLIC SQUARE: Aucklanders enjoying the area in front of Britomart Transport Centre in 1989 before buses were moved there (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1021-207)

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Then the diesel buses gathered

TRAFFIC: Britomart train passengers had to dodge buses and some vehicles such as taxis which returned to the space outside the Britomart Transport Centre until the start of preparatory works for the CRL

TRAFFIC: Britomart train passengers had to dodge buses and some vehicles such as taxis which returned to the space outside the Britomart Transport Centre until the start of preparatory works for the CRL

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.

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Related articles:

CRL Design Philosophy

Video: The Mana Whenua relationship

Station designs and history of the area

Current construction work around Britomart