Chapter 4

Key city centre projects

Key city centre projects - City Centre

Aucklanders are starting to see big changes in their city centre at an even faster pace than first thought.

Hosting the America’s Cup and APEC in 2021 is acting as a catalyst for projects that will have lasting impact beyond those events. The improvements will contribute to progressive moves to turn Auckland city centre over to people, rather than cars.

Initial projects include:

  • six new ferry berths at Queens Wharf
  • a new people-focused space on the water between Princes and Queens wharves
  • enhancing lower Queen Street and Quay Street, with better pedestrian access and more public spaces
  • making it easer for people to move between the downtown area and Wynyard Quarter.

Read an update about the changes planned for Auckland city centre and waterfront.

Civic Administration Building (The CAB)

In the heart of the arts and theatre district and where council staff once toiled, a new apartment building now presides, overlooking Aotea Square.

Once development of the building’s surrounds is completed, the residents and visitors to the area will also be able to take in vibrant laneways, a boutique supermarket, luxury hotel, artisan food offerings and contemporary dining.

Auckland Council’s former Civic Administration Building been renovated and refurbished as apartments by Civic Lane Limited, an associated company of private developer Love & Co. It’s on the corner of Greys Avenue and Mayoral Drive, which means it will also be just moments away from the future rail station.

Branded as The CAB, the upper-floor apartments are tailored to all lifestyles , including a penthouse with Sky Garden open-air courtyard, while the ground floor features a concierge and food and beverage facilities. The building also has a swimming pool, gym and private movie theatre.

The entire development is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay is a premium retail precinct being built in downtown Auckland, in a prime block bounded by Quay Street, Queen Street, Lower Albert Street and Customs Street.

The new shopping centre, with flagship global retail brands and diverse food and drink options, will be an exciting addition to the area when completed in late 2019.

We’ve been managing Auckland Council’s role in the development agreement with Precinct Properties, particularly around open space near the sea to replace Queen Elizabeth Square.

Find our more about Commercial Bay

Britomart precinct

Britomart has proved one of Auckland’s most successful urban renewal projects. We continue to work closely with Britomart Group to maximise public benefit from this development, particularly how it can complement the Britomart Transport Centre.

Other projects

  • Wider Aotea Quarter – We’re exploring other development opportunities with Regional Facilities Auckland.
  • St James Theatre – We’re advising Auckland Council on commercial negotiations for restoring the St James Theatre and the potential sale of high-value properties.
  • Downtown Car Park and West Bledisloe – In the longer term, and with Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, we’re assessing options for developing these two sites.