The proponents of a new waterfront stadium in Auckland released further details today of their proposal, and participants.
They said the proposal would enable to have a new stadium within 10 years at no cost to ratepayers or taxpayers.
- ENGEO Ltd – engineering
- Jones Lang LaSalle – real estate feasibility & business case
- Ernst & Young – economic impact & business case
- Simpson Grierson – legal
- Peddle Thorp – NZ-based architecture, masterplanning (Peddle Thorp has entered into a subcontract arrangement with HOK, international stadium architects based in the US)
- Planning Focus Ltd (Alistair White) – resource management
- Phil O’Reilly Design Ltd – initial concept & creative consultant
- Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd – construction costs & project planning
- The Property Strategists (Ltd (Dave Wigmore) – real estate feasibility
- Buildmedia Ltd – architectural 3D visualisation imagery.
Key features of the waterfront stadium:
- Delivered at no cost to the Auckland ratepayer or the New Zealand taxpayer, paid for by the allocation of development rights over the Bledisloe Quarter & Eden Park
- A 50,000 seat (with the possibility to extend to 65,000), international standard, fully enclosed, multi-purpose stadium ─ suitable for entertainment, cultural events, field sports
- Future-proofed, with media & digital entertainment functionality, and designed for acoustic containment
- Ideally located at the single-most accessible location in Auckland, connected to the cbd public transport hub (trains, buses & ferries)
- Presents virtually no physical barriers between the city & the harbour, “only an elegant low profile”
- Features a floating roof form that complements the Waitemata Harbour & surrounding landscape
- Potential to become an iconic, internationally significant destination architecture site
- A commercially & functionally compelling replacement for Eden Park & Mt Smart Stadium – venues that are increasingly unfit for purpose and which have significant operational constraints
- A key part of Brand Auckland & Brand NZ, highly visible from the water, from Quay St & from the air
- Designed using accepted international best practice engineering & risk mitigation
- Integrates accepted seismic design principles as well as recommendations from the Ministry for the Environment on rising sea levels, GNS tsunami modelling and Auckland Council inundation & civil defence studies
- Incorporates appropriate measures to mitigate against all reasonable natural events
- Doesn’t extend into the harbour beyond the northern tip of Bledisloe Wharf.
Key features of the Bledisloe Quarter:
- 2500 inner city dwellings housing more than 6000 residents
- Commercial area accommodating more than 6000 employees
- Located on Bledisloe Wharf which is repurposed and developed as a mixed use precinct (public space, residential, retail, hospitality, hotels and commercial)
- 360,000m² of mixed use development proposed with all carparking underground
- Together, the new Bledisloe Quarter and Wynyard Quarter will bookend the Auckland waterfront with a clear and legible harbour city edge which is fully connected across its east/west axis.
- The Bledisloe Quarter, like the Wynyard Quarter, has public spaces to all edges and the northernmost tip features a large public green space
- Public open space provision and development density are benchmarked from Wynyard Quarter
- Clustered towards Quay St, the scale and urban form of Bledisloe Quarter ‘reimagine’ Britomart Point, which once defined the eastern edge of the city waterfront
- Complements optimised future development of Ngati Whatua’s rail precinct land
- Captain Cook & Marsden Wharves are removed to open up the Queens Wharf / Bledisloe basin (so that the net impact of the project on the seabed is negligible
- Cruise ships are docked primarily between Queens & Princes Wharves, with an overflow facility in the Queens Wharf/Bledisloe basin.
- Berthing of mega (350m-plus) cruise ships is at the northern edge of Bledisloe Wharf.
- Predominantly separate areas for ferries & cruise ships enhance navigational safety.
- Connects naturally into current & planned public transport infrastructure.
- Creates opportunities for cultural & educational institutions focusing on the ocean & environment.
- Will improve the adjacent marine environment through stormwater management.
Auckland Waterfront Consortium chair Dave Wigmore said: “We are a group of professionals who are deeply invested in our city and who understand the realities of a project of this scale & its regional & national significance.”
He said the consortium had spent 18 months working up its proposal, which included development of the multi-purpose, fully enclosed stadium, previously dubbed ‘The Crater’, sunk into the seabed alongside Bledisloe Wharf, the redevelopment of the wharf as a mixed use Bledisloe Quarter, and the redevelopment of Eden Park for residential use.
“We’ve talked to the Mayor’s office, key Ministers, local and central government organisations, Ports of Auckland and a range of other stakeholders, and are in the process of engaging with Ngati Whatua. The feedback from stakeholders so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”
Attribution: Consortium release.