Stellar Projects was thrilled to be a part of the Federal Street streetscape upgrade project in Auckland’s CBD, from Wellesley Street through to Mayoral Drive. This central city laneways enhancement project transformed the existing street into a shared space for cars, cyclists and pedestrians and included landscape design, pipe infrastructure upgrades and resurfacing and relevelling of the road. Working with our clients, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, Stellar Projects was involved in the concept development, oversaw investigations and undertook a design coordination role through preliminary and detailed design stages. Boffa Miskell Limited were the lead designer and were accompanied by civil engineers Envivo Ltd and numerous other subconsultants who provided design input.
The finished product not only extends the existing Federal Street shared space but adds new seating areas, rain gardens, tree pits and much improved amenity for local residents, as well as pedestrians and cyclists passing through the area. The final design also incorporated Te Aranga principles. Input from Graham Tipene was integral in realising the design narrative of Te Ao Hurihuri (the ‘everchanging world’). Shell and coloured cobbles were incorporated into the streetscape to represent safety of place and the embers of ahi kā. This is particularly relevant given this section of Federal Street also acts as entrance to the newly re-built Auckland City Mission (or ‘Home Ground’), where many people are enduring a personal journey of their own.
For more information on this: https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/news/2022/07/leafy-laneway-the-new-southern-gateway-to-federal-street/