City Rail Link
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Construction: Albert Street - Upper Area



This page gives you the background to City Rail Link work in the upper Albert Street area including between Wellesley and Victoria Streets and lists construction updates.

Albert Street (between Wellesley and Victoria Streets) update

27 February 2019

The installation of hoardings continues. 

The main scaffold works will start inside our site prior to the start of canopy removal from buildings on the western side of Albert Street.    

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.

Detour map
CHANGES: How it looked on 4 February 2019

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.

Monday 4th February 

Albert Street - Between Wellesley and Victoria Street - outside AA building (about a week)

The team will install a ramp over the stairs as this will become the temporary pedestrian access during the canopies removal. Temporary fencing will be installed around the works area as well as the noise mats to minimise noise disruption.

End February

Albert Street - Between Wellesley and Victoria Street (about 8 months)

Once the permanent hoardings are installed, the site set up will be steady for about eight months and look like the below while the team remove the canopies of the buildings on the western side of Albert Street. 

  • There will be one lane traffic going north and one going south.

  • This will also include no right turns from the other side of the road, and in particular to go into Crowne Plaza Hotel and Sky City carpark. 

  • Pedestrian access, traffic and access to buildings will be diverted but maintained.