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Construction: Albert Street - Upper Area


This page details work in the upper Albert Street area including between Wellesley 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.

Canopy removal works between Victoria & Wellesley Streets

Connectus is also responsible for a separate portion of work that involves the removal of canopies from four buildings (AA, Manhattan Apartments, SkyCity and Auckland Council) located on the western side of Albert Street between Victoria and Wellesley Streets.  

These canopies must be removed to provide future access for a large piling rig to install the 20-metre-long piles that will provide ground support for the new Aotea Station. The canopy works are expected to be completed in about October 2019. 

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 piling works. 

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Latest Notifications

Albert Street canopy removal works

04 February 2019

From mid-February, work will begin to remove the canopies from buildings located along the western side of Albert Street between Wellesley and Victoria Streets, as part of preparations for building City Rail Link’s Aotea Station.

This impacts the Auckland Council building, SkyCity, Manhattan apartments and the AA building, SkyCity’s entire canopy needs to be removed but only partial canopy removal is required on the other three buildings.

The initial works include the relocation of signs, CCTV cameras, sprinklers and power connections. This will be followed by the removal of any glass panels and the cutting and dismantling of the canopy structures.

The work will be undertaken by contractor Connectus Joint Venture and is expected to be completed by October 2019. The scheduled hours of work are 7am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday.

What can I expect?

From Saturday 2 February, Albert Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Victoria Street and Wellesley Street as Connectus prepares the work site.

Pedestrian movements and access to all buildings will be maintained. However, while these works are underway, north-bound vehicles on Albert Street will be unable to make right-hand turns into Crowne Plaza and south-bound vehicles will be unable to make right-hand turns into the SkyCity carpark (see detour map below).

Pedestrian walkways will be shifted away from the building and will be protected by traffic barriers and hoardings.

CHANGES: How it looked on 4 February 2019

Signage and site personnel will be provided to direct traffic and pedestrians.

While there will be some noise associated with this work, it is not expected to be particularly loud or disruptive.

Why do the canopies need to be removed?

The canopies must be removed to enable access for a large piling rig to install piles of more than 20 metres in length. These underground piles will provide temporary ground support while the new Aotea Station is constructed.