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Latest concept designs for Lower Queen Street
When the City Rail Link (CRL) work is completed, a pedestrian space will return to the Lower Queen St area outside the main entrance to the Britomart Train Station.
The latest Mana Whenua-influenced concept designs for Lower Queen St have been released, reflecting the environment that was once there. The pavement at the northern end depicts the waves of the Waitematā coming to shore while the southern end design shows the meandering of the Waihorotiu Stream that once ran into the harbour and still exists below Queen St.
In front of the Chief Post Office (CPO) entrance is the whāriki, a welcome mat collaboratively designed by Mana Whenua weavers to depict a traditional woven harakeke (flax) mat.
This space has been designed with pedestrians in mind and its ability to be used for festivals and events.
View the full designs here
CRL works start at Mt Eden
Work begins this month on CRL’s C6 contract to demolish two project-owned buildings and divert a 400-metre section of stormwater main at Mt Eden.
The stormwater main must be diverted before any future station works at Mt Eden, as the alignment of the existing watermain clashes with the location of the future CRL tunnels at Mt Eden.
Before the stormwater diversion, CRL needs to demolish former apartments at 26 Mt Eden Rd and the former Hyde Group building on the corner of Nikau and Ruru Sts. Shafts will then be dug at Water and Ruru St. These are the sites from where the micro tunnel boring machine that will install the replacement stormwater line will be launched and received. A third shaft at Mt Eden Rd will provide future access to the watermain via a manhole.
This work is expected to be completed by autumn 2019.
Read more
The future Mt Eden station
The existing Mt Eden Station will be expanded and redeveloped as part of the CRL project.
The future station will cover both the existing Western Line and the new CRL line from Mt Eden to Britomart, via two new stations at Karangahape Rd and Albert St.
CRL has bought 2.4 hectares in the area to allow for the redevelopment of the station and for use as the main construction base for the CRL.
The current station will close from the end of 2019 for four years during construction.
View concept designs for the new station
Rare archaeological find under Britomart
A rare historic artefact has been found by CRL contractors digging in reclamation fill beneath Britomart’s CPO building.
Found 1.5 metres below ground, the torpedo-shaped bottle from the mid to late 19th century bears the name Pochajee Framjee & Co - a company of shopkeepers and wine merchants in Bombay, India, in 1842. The artefact is considered a rare find in New Zealand.
Other recovered items include a complete stoneware master ink bottle with pouring lip, two broken bottles and the remains of a wooden scrubbing brush.
Reclamation of Auckland’s waterfront occurred between 1879 and 1886.
See other archaelogical finds
CRL route provides more direct link
This new version of the CRL route map shows how the new CRL stations fit into the current Auckland rail network.
For many people, the CRL will provide a quicker and more direct route in to and out of the central city. Mt Eden Station will be redeveloped to accommodate the new CRL line and Britomart Station will become a through station, as opposed to a dead-end.
City-bound Western Line services, for example, will no longer need to go the long way around to Britomart via Newmarket station. This will provide significant time savings for many passengers.
It will take two to three minutes to travel between each station on the CRL, i.e. Britomart to the new Aotea Station (located under Albert St, between Victoria and Wellesley Sts), Aotea to the new Karangahape station, and Karangahape to Mt Eden.
Britomart construction works continue
Work continues in and around the historic CPO building to prepare for construction of the CRL tunnels that will make Britomart a through station.
Inside the CPO, installation of steel underpinning beams continues. The beams form an important part of the building support system during tunnel excavation.
Guide walls have been constructed through Lower Queen St to prepare for secant piling. Made of reinforced concrete, these piles lock together for strength and to control any groundwater ingress into the tunnel excavation.
The secant pile walls will connect the excavation under Britomart to the one at Precinct Properties’ Commercial Bay development on the other side of Lower Queen St, where CRL tunnel boxes are already being constructed.
Tunnel construction beneath the CPO and across Lower Queen St is expected to begin at the end of this year and be completed in 2019.
CRL tunnel box construction to start on Albert St trench
At the Wyndham Street end, contractor Connectus JV is lowering 16 temporary formworks (frames) to the bottom of the trench, which will be used to cast CRL tunnel walls.
Construction starts this week on the first 12-metre long wall section of CRL tunnels within the Albert Street trench.
Meanwhile, the bulk excavation of the Albert Street trench continues towards the Customs Street intersection.
The excavation and tunnel box construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year, at which time the Albert St tunnels will be joined to those constructed under the Commercial Bay development site.
CRL engineer wins national award
CRL’s Jenny Chu has won Engineering NZ’s prestigious 2018 Young Engineer of the Year Award.
The 29-year-old senior civil project engineer is described by Engineering NZ as a “a young woman who’s going places”.
Not only is Jenny working on NZ’s largest infrastructure project, she’s involved in several professional and engineering bodies, two of which (Engineers Without Borders New Zealand and the New Zealand Tunnelling Society) she co-founded. She’s also a qualified lawyer, who was admitted to the Bar last year, and an active participant in numerous humanitarian and mentoring projects.
Jenny is one of many talented people working on the CRL project, which boasts a close team of local and international infrastructure specialists.
If you’re interested in working on the CRL, read this interview with Jenny and check out our current vacancies.
Lower Queen Street over the years
See historical photos of how the area used to look over the years from the days when the Chief Post Office opened to previous attempts at a pedestrian square.
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