Boffa Miskell is leading the consultant design team for the re development of these central city streets which seek to foster a strong pedestrian focus based on the council’s placemaking agenda for the CBD. The various streets include a combination of conventional street typology upgrades and comprehensive street redesigns including Shared Spaces streets.
A 10-year comprehensive streetscape upgrade programme for Auckland City’s CBD to create a world class streetscape precinct with key objectives of improving the pedestrian, cycling, public transport and night-time functions of the City’s streets and key public spaces.
Whilst working to achieve a cohesive streetscape environment for the CBD, the Fort Street Area design includes subtle acknowledgements of the rich history of this former foreshore site which along with site specific detailing allow for a rich human scale interaction with the spaces that make up the precinct.
The project includes a comprehensive rethink of the entire street environment to meet the stated programme objectives and includes both conventional and ‘shared space’ streetscapes which are among the first in the country to be resolved as designated “Shared Zones”.
In particular, the shared space areas of the project demonstrate highly innovative and ground breaking achievements in street design both within New Zealand and Internationally.
Auckland Shared Spaces have been ranked No.1 in the top 50 best things about Auckland in the NZ Herald.
The Fort Street Area project pioneered new approaches to designing Auckland’s streets and transformed this area into a recognised destination in the CBD. The project has demonstrated the positive value that good public realm design can bring to our urban environments, economically, socially and as a catalyst for transformational change.
The redevelopment of the Fort Street Area has provided clear economic benefits to business demonstrated through results of the post evaluation survey which includes figures such as;
• 75% of property owners saw value in being located near or adjacent to a shared space
• 47% increase in consumer spending with a 429% increase in hospitality spending in this previously seedy part of the city centre
• 80% of those surveyed felt safer in the area now than they did previously, especially at night time.