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New images: How Downtown Auckland will look

New images: How Downtown Auckland will look

 

Downtown's Lower Queen Street is to be transformed into a wonderful new public space.

When the CRL work is completed, a pedestrian square will return to the Lower Queen Street area outside the main entrance to the Britomart Transport Centre.


Here are the latest concepts for Downtown's Lower Queen Street when the City Rail Link work in the area is completed


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Britomart Station Plaza plus Tyler Street and Galway Street

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The thinking behind the designs

The design of Lower Queen Street reflects what was once here.

The pavement on 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 Street.

In front of the Chief Post Office entrance is the whāriki, a welcome mat collaboratively designed by Mana Whenua weavers to depict a traditional woven harakeke  (flax) mat. The whāriki facilitates a meeting point;  of two waters, of past and present, of people.

This space has been designed with pedestrians in mind and its ability to be used for events. The tidal pavement design in the Britomart Station rear  plaza continues to reference water as does the street furniture in this space which  depicts shellfish that once existed in the area.


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How Lower Queen Street used to look:

  Lower Queen Street 50 years ago

Lower Queen Street 50 years ago


  TRAMS, NO TRAINS: Trams soon after the CPO was opened in 1912   (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1533)

TRAMS, NO TRAINS: Trams soon after the CPO was opened in 1912 (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1533)


  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) 


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  When trams ruled in Lower Queen Street until trams ceased running in the mid-1950s.

When trams ruled in Lower Queen Street until trams ceased running in the mid-1950s.


  LOWER QUEEN STREET 1930s: Cars parked outside the Chief Post Office in the 1930s (Photo: Queen Street, Auckland. New Zealand Freelance: Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: 1/2-100894-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington,)

LOWER QUEEN STREET 1930s: Cars parked outside the Chief Post Office in the 1930s (Photo: Queen Street, Auckland. New Zealand Freelance: Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: 1/2-100894-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington,)


  LAST TRAM: Aucklanders flocked to Lower Queen Street opposite the Chief Post Office to see the last tram run in 1956 before the services ceased and the tram tracks torn up because of a decision that buses would dominate public transport  ( Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1207-881)

LAST TRAM: Aucklanders flocked to Lower Queen Street opposite the Chief Post Office to see the last tram run in 1956 before the services ceased and the tram tracks torn up because of a decision that buses would dominate public transport (Photo: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1207-881)


  Lower Queen Street welcomed pedestrians in 1989

Lower Queen Street welcomed pedestrians in 1989


  TRAFFIC:  Buses and some vehicles such as taxis returned to the space outside the Britomart Transport Centre until the start of preparatory works for the CRL

TRAFFIC:  Buses and some vehicles such as taxis returned to the space outside the Britomart Transport Centre until the start of preparatory works for the CRL


  FAMILIAR: The Queen Street entrance to Britomart before it closed for CRL construction works

FAMILIAR: The Queen Street entrance to Britomart before it closed for CRL construction works


  Aucklanders loved the taste of having a public square again in this temporary pop-up prior to CPO construction works starting.

Aucklanders loved the taste of having a public square again in this temporary pop-up prior to CPO construction works starting.