27 June 2019
Pushing pause on Wynyard Crossing
In April this year we announced an exciting new project to replace the existing Wynyard Crossing pedestrian bridge with something so spectacular, all Aucklanders would be proud.
We began an accelerated programme of investigations and submitted the resource consent application. While that goes through the publicly notified consent process, we’re taking the opportunity to push pause.
As part of the investigations required for the resource consent application, some significant challenges and constraints of the waterfront site were uncovered, including the need to strengthen the approaches to the bridge and working in a very compact area.
To get the best possible bridge for Auckland, we’re integrating the urban design elements of the adjacent open space on Te Wero Island and Karanga Plaza, to make one seamless waterfront experience.
And while we’re committed to delivering a new pedestrian bridge that is fit for purpose and of the highest quality and design, pushing pause to work on these constraints means a delay to the building of the new bridge.
“There are a number of challenges with the replacement of the Wynyard Crossing bridge. The most significant is our ability to complete the connection by the time the America’s Cup starts,” said Panuku’s Development Director, Allan Young.
“It may feel like we’re pushing pause on progress, but we want to ensure that what is built is going to be of the highest quality and design innovation.
We want to make a positive and memorable contribution to Auckland’s city centre and waterfront by giving Aucklanders something they can be proud of,” said Young.
By pushing pause now and continuing to progress the project while the resource consent application is being processed, we’re going to be in a much stronger position to hit fast forward again once the America’s Cup and APEC have finished.