- Landscape Architecture
- Quantity Surveying
- Land Development
- Construction Management
- Project Management
- Planning & Consents
- Structural Engineering
- 3 Waters
- Road safety
- Urban + Place
- Civil Engineering
Waka Kotahi NZTA
Project Management Manual
Stellar Projects was engaged by Waka Kotahi to assist in the update of their Project Management Manual, a guide used by all project managers and associated people working on infrastructure improvement activities under Waka Kotahi.
This is a significant document covering all aspects of infrastructure project management, from feasibility to project completion, and required updates to reflect current practice and policies. Our involvement included creating life cycle flowcharts, detailed phase flow charts, and detailed activity breakdowns, resources and templates for each phase. To do this, we worked with Waka Kotahi project managers and subject matter experts to ensure the information provided was accurate, and reflected the wider Waka Kotahi project control framework.
ARO VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT
Stellar Projects was engaged by Wellington City Council to provide project management services during construction of the Aro Valley Community Centre upgrade that was undertaken by main contractors, PBJ Construction.
The works involved re-positioning the Aro Valley Community Centre to improve walking and cycling connections in the neighbourhood. An extension to the building was constructed to improve accessibility and functionality. This includes new approach spaces and ramp access, and new office, kitchen, and toilet facilities.
The renovation resulted in an improved multi-purpose facility that is better positioned for the Aro Valley community. The upgrade allows the centre to better cater for the diverse range of activities and programmes on offer.
TE ARA TUKUTUKU
Co-Design, Engagement Strategy, Stakeholder Management
Te Ara Tukutuku, located on Te Waitematā, will become a place with an identity unique to Tāmaki Makaurau and Mana Whenua.
Working in partnership with Ngā Iwi Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and Eke Panuku Development Auckland, Stellar Projects is part of Toi Waihanga – the appointed collective trusted with the public realm design for Te Ara Tukutuku.
Our team is involved in the research and engagement design and delivery mahi using a broad range of skills and experiences to help guide and form the framework for why and how the point will be redeveloped.
RICHMOND STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
Stellar Projects worked closely with Boffa Miskell on the Richmond Strategic Framework, contributing urban development advice. The framework considers housing intensification and growth of the area. Our team tested the development economics of indicative blocks for intensification in the town. This included exploring options for residential and commercial redevelopment, as well as comparing intensification with greenfield development. Our analysis also included a review of past developments in Richmond to identify key learnings and opportunities. Our goal was to provide valuable insights into the local property market and assist in the formulation of a robust development strategy for the town.
LEVIN TAITOKO STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
explore the future development potential for the town, following improved access to the area due to the Ōtaki-to-North-of-Levin State Highway improvements.
Stellar Projects collaborated with Boffa Miskell to explore the future development potential of Levin as part of the framework project. Our team conducted a thorough market analysis of housing types and development options, evaluating the feasibility of potential schemes and sites. As urban development experts, we provided advice on economic influences and structure planning, identifying opportunities for changes to development capacity. Through our analysis, we identified practical solutions that consider the feasibility of the proposed sites and schemes.
We also considered potential special purpose development vehicles to support and stimulate urban development in the town.
WAINUIOMATA STREETS FOR PEOPLE
The Wainuiomata Streets for People project aims to enhance the safety and appeal of public spaces, fostering active modes of transportation, and promoting engagement with these areas.
Stellar Projects provided urban design input, developed a long list of design options (tactical urbanism, connection opportunities), and supported co-design workshops and community engagement.
LAUTOKA SPECIAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ZONE
The Fijian government is working on establishing a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Lautoka, Fiji.
Stellar Projects, in collaboration with JLL, conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for the proposed SEZ.
The study involved extensive research into successful SEZs, an evaluation of the market potential, and analysis of tax incentives proposed by the Fijian government.
Our comprehensive approach aimed to support the government in establishing a successful SEZ that will bring economic benefits to the region. A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model was recommended, to ensure long-term sustainability.
INFRASTRUCTURE ACCELERATION FUND
Applications for Far North District Council
Stellar Projects advised on, collated, and submitted two successful fast-tracking applications to fund enabling-infrastructure for five Northland housing developments.
We worked alongside Far North District Council, Te Hau Ora O Ngāpuhi (THOON), Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine developers, and the funder Kāinga Ora. Our mahi included an analysis of future demand on the existing infrastructure network, meetings with Kāinga Ora and housing developers, and quality guidance material to support council’s internal governance.
The $52m funding will support Kāinga Ora community and iwi housing in Kawakawa and Kaikohe.
Stellar Projects prepared an Urban Design Report for this proposed 69 unit, medium-density residential development on a greenfield site in Wellington.
The development includes 45 townhouses, 24 apartments and related landscaping over five development blocks. It will be assessed against Wellington City’s Residential Design Guides and the National Medium Density Design Guide.
The project aims to establish a new prototype for medium-density development on a remote, bare hillside in Wellington. It features a consistent residential language of gable and box forms, creating a strong collective presence. The report emphasised the existence of a local network of walking and bike tracks that link the development site to a rail station and has highlighted the Council’s commitment to providing future bus services to the Grenada North area of the city. To strengthen these local links, the development scheme provides for generous secure bike storage available to each townhouse and apartment in the development.
Federal Street Stage 2
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/
Auckland Metro Programme
The Stellar Projects Procurement team have been working closely with KiwiRail, for more than two years, to provide procurement tender management services throughout the Capital Asset and Development Group.
The $1.5b Auckland Metro Programme aims to provide a better rail network for passengers and freight customers. Its objective is to improve the resilience of underlying track infrastructure across Auckland, to ease congestion in the busiest part of the network, extend electrification in the south to Papakura, and build three new train stations in the growing southern part of Auckland.
Our procurement team has assisted KiwiRail with the delivery of this programme by running and managing procurement projects such as Drury Rail Stations Quantity Surveying Services, Infill Signalling Business Case Procurement, Auckland Metro Technical Document Services Procurement, and Drury and Paerata Stations Construction Services.
Roadside Safety Barriers
Up to 70% of DSI crashes are linked to run off road and head on crashes. Our team trains engineers NZ wide, and also undertakes designs for road safety barrier systems, a proven safety intervention on high-speed roads.
We have worked on the investigation and design of road safety barrier systems on local roads and state highways including roadside barriers and flexible median barriers. Recent projects have included sites on Dairy Flat Highway as well as numerous sites to enable the rollout of speed camera installations around Auckland.
Safety around Schools
Our team has over 10 years’ experience of working on projects that improve safety around schools. Most recently we were involved in the design of changes around Dairy Flat School that included parking, new footpaths and speed threshold treatments which helped to improve safety for the school which is located on a high speed rural road.
Vulnerable Road User Safety
Our road safety team has worked annually on vulnerable road user safety programmes delivering numerous road safety initiatives, providing safe facilities around schools (School Travel Planning projects) and other areas where young or less able pedestrians need safe facilities.
This includes numerous raised pedestrian crossings throughout the Auckland Region for Auckland Transport. The raised crossings improve safety for vulnerable road users and encourage active modes of transport.
High Speed Rural Road studies
Our safety team understands that a high percentage of Death and Serious Injury (DSI) crashes occur on high-speed rural roads. Our team undertakes High Risk Rural Road studies to identify options for reducing harm.
Our experience includes crash reduction studies to identify crash trends and suitable treatments as well as the design of safety treatments. Safety treatment examples include road safety barriers, road marking and signage improvements, intersection treatments and road geometry improvements.
Urban corridors Road Safety
Our safety team understands that in the urban environment multiple road users share the road space, and there is potential for injury of vulnerable road users (cyclists, pedestrians, school children and the less able members of our community). Our Safety team been involved in multimodal design, balancing the needs of commuter traffic Public Transport services, cycle lanes and safe pedestrian footpaths and crossings. Our team supports designs that cater for all road users, to share the road space in the safest way, and encourages active modes of transport.
Tauranga Transport System Plan
Stellar Projects provided procurement services to Tauranga City Council to source professional services suppliers for the Tauranga System Network Plan requirements (later named the Tauranga Transport System Plan (TTSP)) for a contract valued and ~$3m over 5 years.
The TTSP was to identify an operating framework and design solutions to enable the management of competing network demands within Tauranga and the wider western Bay of Plenty’s transport system, which was under pressure and experiencing challenges because of growth (population and freight) and limited transport corridors.
The contract opportunity was to source suitably qualified transport consultants to create the TTSP, including the creation of the Transport Operating Framework and the preparation of Single Stage Business Cases for areas of priority within the TTSP.
Our engagement included workshops to ensure a common understanding of scope, delivery of a procurement plan, drafting of all tender documentation including early market engagement material, management of tender enquiries and responses during the tender period, tender evaluation chair services, tender evaluation report writing, and assistance with contract drafting.
Hamilton City Council
Collaborative Working Agreement
Our Procurement and Engineering Management teams worked closely with Hamilton City Council to review the (then) current Hamilton City Council Collaborative Working Agreement (CWA), which had been in operation since 2014 and was anticipated to expire in 2023, before working together to develop and establish a new asset maintenance contract that would effectively deliver on renewed Council objectives and outcomes.
The contract review required documentation analysis, including the review of contract documents, performance reports and financial information, as well as discussions with the contract operators (Hamilton City Council staff) and contractors. This resulted in the delivery of the final review report.
The new asset maintenance contract formation required taking lessons learned from the CWA contract review process, and determining what contract model would work for Hamilton City Council given their renewed Council objectives and outcomes, before developing the contract documentation suite with Council staff.
Marsden Maritime Holdings
Stellar Projects provided advisory procurement services to Marsden Maritime Holdings in support and development of their procurement processes.
This project saw the creation of procurement guidance notes and workflow diagrams, in alignment with Marsden Maritime Holding’s policy framework, to support project teams with their infrastructure and construction project procurement needs.
The iReX Programme is nationally significant, representing a once-in-a-generation investment to the Interislander fleet and associated port side infrastructure. The investment in resilient and sustainable vessels and terminal infrastructure, and a wider transformational programme, will result in a step change for the Interislander ferry service’s performance, and deliver the capacity needed to meet current and future passenger and freight demand.
This procurement presented complexity for our team in that four tenders involving multiple packages were to be evaluated simultaneously within a very short timeframe. Our team worked effectively and efficiently to ensure that evaluation of all tenders was completed within the required timeframe, while also meeting all client and probity requirements.
Network Outcome Contracts
The Stellar Projects Procurement team have been working closely with Waka Kotahi NZTA for over five years, to provide programme management, procurement management, risk management, contract analysis, and contract renewal services for the state highway maintenance contracts NOCs), as they come up for renewal regionally. To date, this has included the regions of Marlborough, Taranaki, and West Waikato, as well as the review of the Tairawhiti/Gisborne region, with contract values between $20m – $25m per annum, for contract terms of 7 years, each.
Stellar Projects and Waka Kotahi work together to gather relevant asset data and contract information, to deliver open market tender opportunities, utilising the most appropriate evaluation methodologies to select the contractor with the best value for money for the contract requirements.
Stellar Projects recently issued practical completion on the SH1/Tarewa Intersection Improvements Project in Whangārei.
The project involved the four laning of SH1 through Whangārei to improve traffic flow and safety and included significant utility relocations and construction of a new four lane bridge over Raumanga Stream. The project also provides a new shared path and signalised intersection improving safety and connectivity for both pedestrians and cyclists to important locations such as Whangārei Hospital, Northland Polytech and the CBD.
Due to its location the project required significant engagement and coordination with local iwi, residents and businesses.
This project was managed by our Infrastructure Delivery team who provided Engineer to Contract, Engineers Representative and MSQA services.
Congratulations Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency on completion of this project.
CITY RAIL LINK
Stellar Projects is thrilled to be part of the progress being made on the City Rail Link Project.
Our construction management team have been assisting City Rail Link Limited with the delivery of Contract 2 (C2), the cut and cover tunnel section on Albert Street between Customs Street West to Wyndham Street.
Construction of the rail tunnels is now complete and the focus of the construction team has shifted to the delivery of an upgraded streetscape environment along Albert Street. As early works for Contract 3, the C2 team also managed the removal of building canopies between Victoria Street and Wellesley Street.
Quay Street Enhancement
A very special delivery was made to Quay Street overnight at the end of April – the pōhutukawa trees that had been taking a holiday in Teal Park for the duration of construction have returned!
This work is part of the Quay Street Enhancement project, a joint effort from Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. This project aims to enhance connections between the city centre and waterfront by providing significantly more space for pedestrians, cyclists and stakeholders to interface with the Waitematā Harbour. Stellar Projects has been part of this process in the roles of Streetscapes Lead, Project Manager and Engineer’s Representative over the last 3 years and we are proud to have worked alongside LandLAB and Aurecon as well.
We look forward to the increased enjoyment that this project will bring to one of our significant gateways to Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa.
KERIKERI WASTEWATER PROJECT
New Treatment Plant
Stellar Projects was appointed by the Far North District Council to programme manage and later project manage the Kerikeri Wastewater Project, a new treatment plant with double the capacity of the existing plant.
This project was completed in 2021.
Following the success of delivering multiple projects for our client Solution Street, we are pleased to get the construction underway for another 12-unit development in Hillcrest. You can’t beat this location, just minutes away from motorway, local shops, cafes and Takapuna Beach.
The Stellar Projects Land Development team has provided civil engineering design in coordination with wider consultancy teams to prepare for Resource Consent, detailed design for Engineering Approval and Building Consent. Stellar Projects is providing professional services including construction monitoring, MSQA and supervision services.
Another busy project bringing more homes where needed! An exclusive development of high end stylish freehold terraced home located just metres away from Rothesay Bay Beach, where you can stroll the popular coastal walkway and take in the view of Rangitoto Island.
The Stellar Projects Land Development team have provided civil engineering design in coordination with the wider team for Resource Consent, detailed design for Engineering Approval and Building Consent as well as construction monitoring and supervision. Stellar Projects is stoked to have worked on this 9-unit project and handed it over to its new homeowners.
We are very pleased to be working with Solution Street on a number of residential developments across Auckland, including this one in Welby Place. Every aspect of these homes has been thoughtfully designed. Once complete, this 10-lot subdivision will provide 2-bedrooms homes.
The Stellar Projects Land Development team have provided civil engineering design in coordination with wider consultancy teams to prepare for Resource Consent, detailed design for Engineering Approval and Building Consent as well as construction monitoring and close out. The project is currently on track for completion by late 2022.
Te Hā Noa Improvements
Stellar Projects is excited to be acting in a project management role for the Te Hā Noa Victoria Street linear park project, which will offer major improvements to the Auckland midtown area, and which ties into the CRL development of Aotea Station. You can expect to see significant pedestrian amenity including wider paths, more trees, and more seating as well as some innovative sustainability benefits.
Wai Horotiu Queen Street Project
The Auckland City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) presents a vision for Wai Horotiu Valley, as a vibrant shopping and commercial area, prioritising pedestrians and public transport.
As part of this vision, the Wai Horotiu Queen Street Project is working towards transforming Queen Street to become more accessible, more attractive, and more prosperous, with better connections to the rest of the City Centre. This project aims to enhance the street environment by providing significantly more space for pedestrians, cyclists, and other wheeled users. It will deliver incremental changes to the street, by making network changes to remove unnecessary end-to-end through traffic.
This project used a co-design process to seek feedback from the community to inform the design. Stellar Projects worked with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, facilitating the co-design, engagement, and evaluation process that has seen businesses, residents, property owners, and users help shape changes to Queen Street. We are also proud to have worked alongside Auckland Transport and LandLab during the design phases.
During the lifecycle of this project, we have also been providing monitoring, evaluation, and analysis services to offer key insights, as the project progresses. We continue to provide ongoing stakeholder engagement and relationship management, alongside contractors JFC, during the construction delivery phase.
Takapuna Gould Reserve changing rooms
The Stellar team are so proud to have worked on the Takapuna Gould Reserve bathrooms & changing facilities, located on Takapuna beach. Right in our home base on the North Shore, this new facility is unique in providing one of the toilet rooms as a state of the art Changing Places specialty room for those with disabilities.
A full replacement of the existing structure, this new build was led by Auckland Council with contributions from the local community and architecture from LTD Architects. Stellar Projects was appointed for civil engineering design and project management services and we are very pleased to see a quality new facility be handed over for the community to enjoy. A big thank you for the hard work of all those involved!
Kaitāia Water Project
New Water Supply
Jubilation in Kaitāia on Monday 20th June 2022 as the Kaitāia Water Project was officially blessed, marking the completion of the project which has the potential to supply up to 5,000 cubic metres of extra water per day to the region.
Stellar Projects managed this key infrastructure project on behalf of Far North District Council, with valued input from Ngāi Takoto, Te Rarawa and Ngāti Kahu. The project involved the installation of two bores at Sweetwater, with an extensive 14km pipeline transporting water from Sweetwater to the water treatment plant in Okahu Road. This new supply will provide Kaitāia’s water in future, allowing for growth in the region and less disruption from droughts.
For more information on the FNDC – Kaitaia water project, see the below video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgIY9jf30Go
Elliot to Freelance
Pathway and boardwalk
As part of the greater Auckland Cycleway network Stellar Projects was engaged to investigate route options through the section of esplanade reserve and streetscape between SH1 at Pescara Point and Elliot Street running along the water’s edge of the Pahurehure inlet. The scope of works included design, planning, engineering and community consultation to ensure the best outcome was achieved. Multiple on-land and boardwalk options were investigated with the final design incorporating a concrete walkway through the wider sections of esplanade reserve and a boardwalk where the esplanade reserve reduced to ensure privacy and security for adjacent land owners. The project was completed to a detail design stage and put on hold until funding becomes available.
Innovating Streets for People
Trial Streetscape Upgrades
The Innovating Streets Projects in Kawakawa, Moerewa and Kaikohe trialled innovative changes to create safer, more walkable spaces that reflect the local community.
Stellar Projects has worked with Far North District Council, the Northern Transport Alliance, Waka Kotahi and two local community organisations: ĀKAU and Kings Theatre Creative. For each of these three projects Stellar has facilitated the co-design, delivery, and evaluation processes, alongside the local partners. Residents, business owners, schools, kohanga reo and maraes have all been involved in the trial designs which have led to:
• Slower speeds in key walking areas
• Safer access to schools, marae, and community facilities
• Enhanced streetscapes through art and planting
• Insights into what works for the towns’ communities
• Proof for transport and funding bodies that measures are safe and effective
• A roadmap for permanent measures.
3 Waters Model Upgrade Programme
Development/upgrade of Wastewater, Stormwater and Water Supply Models
This highly ambitious programme of work was completed for Far North District Council to manage the development and upgrade of 19 wastewater, stormwater and water supply models. These models are used to map frailties in the wastewater and stormwater networks, to plan for future growth and development, and to assess flood risk. Stellar Projects acted as Project Manager for this programme which will enable strategic decision-making for water resources in the region for years to come.
Wastewater Renewal Programme
Pipe renewal projects
This programme of work in Northland involved a renewal of the current wastewater network for Whangārei District Council. As Project Manager, Stellar Projects undertook options assessment and design of 21 wastewater pipe renewal projects including prioritisation and methodology ensuing capability for the next fifty years. This project also included preparation of tender documentation through to construction management.
Mt Smart Arena
Remedial civil works
A key sports and events location in Auckland, Stellar Projects provided project management services for the design and construction management of remedial civil works in and around the stadium including parking, event staging areas and accesibility upgrades.
Waipapa Community Facilities
Sporting public facilities
Stellar Projects is currently engaged to provide Phase 1 services for the design and construction management of 4 sport fields, toilet blocks and changing facilities.
Oakley Creek Walkway
Bay Street Boardwalk
The Stellar Projects structural design team provided detailed design and construction management of a new 2.5m wide boardwalk through a wetland to provide the final connection of a section of path in Tauranga.
ACC Construction Delivery PMO
Wide array of projects
Stellar Projects is proud to be working with Auckland Council delivering a wide array of projects on behalf of the Community Facilities team ranging from park benches to full design and construction management. Our roles are predominantly project management seeing successful outcomes for communities that are delivered on time and in budget.
Newton Community Centre
Upgrades, interior and seismic
Stellar Projects is proud to be working with Wellington City Council on the renovations for the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre. This is a well-loved, historically listed community feature with an interesting history. Our role includes project management of the design and construction phases including theatre upgrades, full seismic upgrade and a full interior rearrangement. For more information on this project, view the Stuff article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wellington/125224885/yearlong-renovations-planned-for-newtown-community–cultural-centre
Shed 10, Auckland
This key feature of Auckland’s waterfront required seismic upgrades as it was built on reclaimed land. Stellar Projects acted in the role of project manager of the design and construction phases for this listed historic building.
Milford Changing Rooms
Stellar Projects has recently completed the design and construction management of the new public toilet facility and changing room on Milford Beach in Auckland. This involved demolishing the existing structure, which is in a prominent location on one of the North Shore’s most popular beaches.
As locals ourselves, it was very important for us to work closely with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board to ensure all were satisfied with the outcome. We look forward to seeing this enjoyed when summer is in full swing again!
Waiheke Skate Park
Not your usual day in the office – sometimes our projects take us to unique locations like the Tawaipereira Reserve Skate Park on Waiheke Island.
As part of their engagement, Stellar Projects provided design review, site improvements, and construction administration for an extension to the existing skate park which included a new pyramid, quarter pipes, barriers, rails, ledges, rollovers and new flat areas. In addition, the existing facility was rejuvenated by remediating cracking, grinding the existing surface, applying sealant and also giving the skate park a rejuvenated finish with a fresh coat of paint on some of the existing features.
The contractor, Hunter Civil, took great care throughout construction which included managing risk on a closed landfill site. This also made the drainage design of the site particularly important. Overall the outcome is excellent for the Waiheke community who will be able to enjoy the improvements for many years to come.
Thanks to Hunter Civil and RICH Landscapes for their hard work.
Higgins Asphalt Plant
We are proud to share the photos below of the recently completed asphalt plant at the Higgins site in Silverdale.
Our involvement with this project included detailed design, and the preparation and submission of multiple building consents over a staged timeframe to enable work on site to begin as soon as practical. Various disciplines contributed to the project including civil design, utilities and earthworks, structural design, and three waters design, including a very specific trade waste component with the assistance of specialist partner IWS. We also fulfilled construction monitoring services once the works began.
This project had a particularly challenging timeframe which required all detailed design to be complete within 2 months, a task which would under normal circumstances run over 10 months for a site of this complexity. Works began on detailed design in December 2019, and were completed recently on site – a monumental feat for all involved with the first loads of asphalt being batched only 13 months from starting design.
Congratulations to Higgins on the completion of this state of the art facility, this has been an extremely rewarding project to be a part of.
East Coast Bays Library
Community Facility Refurbishment
Stellar Projects recently obtained building consent for a full internal refurbishment of the East Coast Bays Library in Auckland. This is a full upgrade to one of Tāmaki Makaurau’s busiest libraries and one we are excited to see progress. This is the third library renovation project Stellar has managed for Auckland Council Community Facilities – we love being involved in work that makes a difference in our communities.
Designed by: Collingridge and Smith Architects
Hibiscus Coast Playground
This six-unit residential development in Massey involved a block of terraced units and a standalone house at the rear. Stellar Projects’ Land Development team prepared a resource consent package for a combined land-use and subdivision consent. The design stage involved co-ordination with Council entities prior to resource consent lodgement to obtain approval to build over a number of existing public drainage lines traversing through the site. The application was processed on a non-notified basis within statutory timeframes.
MAUNGAWHAU TIHI BOARDWALK
Stellar Projects worked with Tūpuna Maunga Authority, Isthmus Group ltd, Chester Consultants Ltd. and HEB Construction to upgrade the tihi walkway around the crater at Maungawhau (Mt Eden).
The new boardwalk protects the sacred maunga from visitors allowing the archaeological and geological features to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Maungawhau receives over 1.2 million visitors per year and is a favourite for Aucklanders and locals alike. We are proud to have worked on this and are excited to see it featured in the following:
Our Auckland – View link
UrbanList – View link
PUKETOROMIRO PA WALKWAY
Construction of Puketoromiro Pa Walkway located in Kopurererua Valley has recently been completed and will soon be open for the public to enjoy.
Stellar Projects was engaged by Tauranga City Council to complete a design and carry out construction monitoring for this walkway which consists of approximately 120m of no-dig boxed steps, 70m of aggregate path and 10m of low boardwalk which cross over historic defensive ditches, accentuating the features of the Pa site.
This historic place was once inhabited by the people of Ngai Tamarawaho, and as an archaeological site, required sensitive design, with no digging allowed during construction. The resulting design made for expedient archaeological approval and Resource Consent application. The summit of the walkway offers great views over ecologically diverse wetlands.
SELWYN RESERVE PLAYGROUND
This heavily used playground was identified by Auckland Council as worthy of renewal and upgrading. The Stellar Projects landscape team were commissioned to provide the two concept designs for this play space in Mission Bay.
Providing great play value, protection of the adjacent notable Norfolk Pines, Mission Buildings and the adjacent open space, whilst referencing the long history of Maori and European occupation of the site, were the main design criteria. The chosen concept includes a small lighthouse tower, waves, a and timber structure referencing the Okahu Bay breakwater and Matariki constellation lighting.
BROWNS BAY SKATE PARK
Stellar Projects was engaged by Auckland Council to manage the improvements to the beachfront skate park at Browns Bay.
As part of their engagement, Stellar Projects provided design review, site improvements, and construction administration for an extension to the existing skate park which included a new ledge and quarter pipe. In addition, the existing facility received a light polish to bring back a smoother concrete surface and the entire skate park was also rejuvenated with a fresh coat of paint.
The Contractor, Hunter Civil Ltd, took great care throughout construction and the finished product looks like new. Overall the outcome is excellent for the Browns Bay community who will be able to enjoy the improvements for many years to come.
Design & Construction
Stellar Projects was appointed for the design and construction monitoring of a pedestrian bridge alongside Purangi Road near Cooks Beach in the Coromandel.
This provides safe access across the ford for pedestrians walking between Maramatotara Bay and Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve and is an impressive 18metres long x 1.2 metres wide.
The project included detailed design, consenting, construction monitoring and project management and involved pre-fabrication of the structure offsite by Kier Landscaping.
Stellar Projects was engaged by Auckland Council to design new shared path connections, and associated services, at Tahapa Reserve in Meadowbank, Auckland. The new shared path connections will link the streets around Tahapa Reserve into the proposed Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path and the wider community. The development also includes a new playground, lighting, landscaping and planting. Stellar Projects’ input covered the full lifecycle of the project from investigation and stakeholder consultation through design, consenting and construction management.
This project provided some challenges during construction including management of a contaminated site and the uncovering of a midden. After the completion of an archaeological assessment from CFG Heritage and receiving blessing from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei the works were able to continue and the project was opened to the public just in time to be enjoyed over the 2019/2020 Christmas break.
By working together, Auckland Council, Stellar Projects and HEB Construction have ensured the project outcome provides the Meadowbank community with a great new facility and an invigorated Tahapa Reserve.
The Stellar Projects design team project managed the construction of a kilometre long, shared use coastal pathway linking Stonedon Drive to Ti Rakau Drive, through Stonedon Drive Esplanade Reserve. The concrete pathway with two timber bridges, meanders along the southern bank of Pakuranga Creek and crosses over the mangroves. The main glulam bridge spans 17m across the central channel and has 80m of timber boardwalk bridging the reserve, with views of Pakuranga Creek.
Stellar Projects designed and delivered 750m of new walking track through Lyford Reserve on the North Shore in collaboration with Nasey Contractors who undertook the construction. In addition to providing a scenic access way for the general public, the track is used by local Sunnynook Primary School for cross country running, outdoor environment classes and walking school buses. The new track merges onto an existing smaller track traversing one end of the reserve and contains bridge sections fabricated from the equivalent of 391,000 items of soft plastic. The project was conducted in conjunction with a weed removal initiative whereby over 50 pine and wattle trees were removed and replaced with some 1500 native species, planted by the local community.
Endangered Species Pond
Stellar Projects was engaged by Auckland Council Community Facilities to resolve water level issues for the Threatened Native Plants Pond at the Auckland Botanic Gardens and to do so sustainably. Prior to our involvement, the pond regularly needed to be topped up with tap water to counter evaporation from the pond. Additionally, there was a leak within the existing weir structure, spilling on to the surrounding footpaths and creating a slip hazard to visitors.
Our design directs roof runoff from surrounding buildings into a 25,000-litre stormwater tank, with capacity to accommodate additional rainwater runoff from the roofs of proposed new buildings. From the tank, the pond is replenished via an automated system, triggered by a water level gauge. Tank construction and weir repairs were undertaken with care to minimise the impact on pond vegetation, ensuring the amenity wasn’t compromised by the works, and vitally, that any rare plant species on the margins of the pond were not further threatened.
Deep Creek Reserve Torbay
Toilet Block, Carpark & Sports Fields
The High Street Pilot Project is working towards a more accessible High Street that works better for people.
Stellar Projects undertook full scope professional services through the construction phase of a new car park, toilet and sports field upgrade to provide a comprehensive sports facility at Deep Creek Reserve for Auckland Council on behalf of the residents of Torbay. This entailed investigations and design of the car park, drainage and toilet facility, in addition to design management and coordination of the sports fields and lighting. We also provided consenting, quantity surveying and MSQA services to deliver the entire project.
The previous sports field did not have drainage and was known to become saturated, nor was there lighting, toilets or car parking for users of the facility. The field has now been upgraded with a sand-base, natural grass and full lighting to enable use all year round.
The site provided numerous challenges, the most significant being that Deep Creek Reserve is a closed landfill and therefore any unwanted materials would be costly to dispose of. To avoid unnecessary waste, the excavated topsoil was tested and approved for reuse at the dog park in the lower section. Also, overland flow which previously caused flooding of neighbouring private properties, was successfully addressed by conveyance via a series of bioswales and culverts to a nearby creek.
High St Pilot Project
The High Street Pilot Project is working towards a more accessible High Street that works better for people.
Stellar Projects has been working with Auckland Council, Heart of the City and the High Street community facilitating the co-design and evaluation process that has seen businesses, residents, property owners and users help shape changes to trial in the street.
- People walking, riding bicycles, and using other mobility equipment can move more freely
- Vehicle access is maintained for those that need to be there (e.g. deliveries, servicing to homes and businesses) and those with mobility requirements
- People can experience a vibrant environment, a great place to do business, and a unique place to call home.
During the lifecycle of this pilot, the distribution of street space has evolved to prioritise people, operations and street functions.
This improvement was recognised in June 2020 at the national Golden Foot Walking Awards where the project won the Placemaking Award recognising innovation and best practice.
Kauri Dieback Programme
Walking Track Upgrades
Stellar Project’s parks design team has been contracted by Auckland Council to support its work to upgrade tracks to prevent the spread of disease as part of their Kauri dieback management programme.
This nationally significant project involves working with numerous groups to prioritise works to protect these giants of the forest and the associated ecosystem.
Mt Eden Changing Rooms
Stellar Projects undertook the tendering, construction management and contract administration for the new toilet block on Maungawhau (Mt Eden), including design of the civil components and obtaining building consent. The Tūpuna Maunga Authority and Auckland Council requested that a new temporary/removable toilet block be constructed, with minimal excavation of the site given the significant cultural value of the Maunga. Our innovative design provided an entire toilet block which can be easily removed, with the option to reinstate the grass bank.
Stellar Projects collaborated with LTD Architectural Design Studio and Vertigo Professional Services to design a container toilet block, and to limit the extent of excavation, our design incorporated concrete foundation pads and a steel structure to house two 20-foot containers, decking and framing. Further, due to limited wastewater connection points on the Maunga, a wastewater pump station was integrated into the design. This is only partially buried to also minimise excavation, while remaining hidden from view below the decking.
Walking Track Upgrades
Stellar Projects is working with Auckland Council Regional Parks and Biosecurity to upgrade the walking tracks across the Auckland region, including Omanawanui Track in the Waitakere Ranges. This track forms a spectacular part of the Hillary Trail along the northern mouth of the Manukau Harbour from Huia to Whatipu.
The upgrades involve improving safety and rerouting where needed to protect the future of our forests and native species and is part of the work programme to combat kauri dieback.
Redesigned animal enclosure
Stellar Projects design and project management team, in collaboration with Auckland Zoo, redesigned and transformed the Pridelands enclosure, incorporating an extension into the upgraded hippo area. The innovative design permits zebra, ostrich and nyala to roam freely, while the giraffe and rhino remain in restricted areas, with the rhino having increased space.
The project incorporated landscaping with features such as a new shotcrete lake edge, site recontouring, timber log barriers, fences and other artistic elements. The client was thrilled with both the end result and management of the project to meet tight deadlines ahead of school holidays.
A new 41-storey tower providing mixed use facilities with both residential and commercial elements including restaurants and bars.
Situated at 51-53 Albert Street, this will undoubtedly become an iconic addition to the city skyline, redefining the concept of ‘sky home living’.
Stellar Projects participated in the design management, enabling the first phase of works to begin and the main works design to reach contract award. Fulfilling the roles of Engineer to Contract and Engineer’s Representative, the enabling works were successfully completed in December 2019.
TAREWA BRIDGE BEAM INSTALLATION
Stellar Projects is engaged as Engineer’s Representative managing the physical delivery of the Tarewa Intersection Improvement Works, including all MSQA and Producer Statement services.
The first phase of the bridge beam installation on the new Raumanga Stream Bridge, on State Highway 1 in Whangarei, is shown. The completion of this phase will enable traffic to be switched onto the new section of the bridge and completion of the new four lane bridge. Road widening on the approaches to the new bridge is also underway, with extensive service relocations and pavement widening of SH1.
SUNNYNOOK PRIMARY SCHOOL
Shade Structure & Turf
Stellar Projects is 10YPP Consultant for Sunnynook Primary School, managing a portfolio of projects for the next 5 years.
For this project we procured the main contractor, determined the best option and finalised the specifications to the requirements of the school.
MARAMARATOTARA VIEWING PLATFORM
Outdoor Visitor Structures
Stellar Projects provided design, consent application and project management services for a new viewing platform on the Maramaratotara Track at Ferry Landing, Coromandel.
This viewing platform eliminates a steep and hazardous section of track by formalising a natural lookout atop a steep rocky drop-off. A new, easily accessible section of track with boxed steps was formed to provide safe, all-weather access to the site. With views across Whitianga township, this is a very popular track and the upgrade works were completed well in advance of the 250 year anniversary of Captain Cook making his first landfall in New Zealand.
High End Apartments
Clonbern Garden Contemporary Residences comprises 52 high-end apartments with 3 commercial tenancies, located at 5-9 Clonbern Road, Remuera. These 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units will provide luxury living in the heart of the Remuera retail precinct.
Stellar Projects is proud to be providing a range of consultancy services for this development, including design phase project management and landscape architecture.
A show suite is available for viewing at 390 Remuera Road.
LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT
Stellar Projects advisory team has been part of the establishment of the CC2M light rail project for NZTA and its partner organisation, providing probity and project management services as well as procurement support.
This transformational project will alleviate bus capacity constraints in Auckland’s city centre, connecting communities along the corridor, including Mt Roskill, Onehunga and Mangere.
MISSION BAY TENNIS CLUB
Court & Car Park Renewal
Stellar Projects design and project management team, in collaboration with Auckland Council and Mission Bay Tennis Club, renewed and upgraded three tennis courts, the car park and accessway at Tagalad Reserve. The tennis courts at Mission Bay are amongst Auckland’s most frequently used and attention to detail was particularly important to deliver the quality sought after by the client.
The project required resolution of an underlying poor subsoil issue which had created undulations in the previous courts. It also incorporated, upgraded fencing, artificial turf surfacing of previously asphalt tennis courts and a new asphalt car park and accessway.
LITTLE MUDDY CREEK
New Walkway Development
Stellar Projects design and project management team, with assistance from our planning team, worked with Auckland Council on the design, consent and construction of a new bush track connecting Rimutaka Place to the wider footpath network on Huia Road in Titirangi.
The walkway design involved construction of a new concrete footpath along an existing Council-owned shared accessway, transitioning into a gently winding gravel track, cutting around the existing vegetation through a bush section. A new 15m long timber bridge crossing over Warituna Stream was constructed at the lower end of the valley and a timber staircase structure built to join up to Huia Road.
Car Park Renewal
Stellar Projects design, project management and planning teams worked with Permaloo and Auckland Council to provide the site design, building consent and construction management of the project. The new parking layout allowed for widening of the Northcote Road footpath by over 1.5m, accommodating the Northcote Safe Cycling Programme, while at the same time, maintaining existing parking numbers with improved circulation.
Construction was completed under challenging site conditions, contending with extreme weather and the presence of a previously undiscovered, historic drainage field.
PT CHEVALIER TOWN CENTRE
Stellar Projects managed the project from concept development and consultation through design and construction to handover, completely revitalising and giving a fresh look to this Auckland suburb.
THE LANDING JETTY
Public Infrastructure Replacement
Stellar Projects design and project management team worked with Auckland Council and The Landing at Okahu Bay on the replacement of a floating pontoon jetty structure at one of Auckland busiest boat ramps. The upgrade included sleeving existing piles to prolong their life, while fully replacing the deteriorating floating pontoon.
We have been working with Permaloo and Auckland Council to provide site design, building consent and site build management of several prefabricated public toilets, including those located at Madills Farm (Kohimarima), Massey Domain, Nicholson Park (Mt Eden), Red Beach Park, Gulf Harbour Recreation Reserve, Linear Park (Hobsonville Point) and Sherwoods Reserve (Browns Bay). These toilets have been wrapped in artwork to blend in and provide a more aesthetically pleasing look to what you generally find with public toilets.
Walkway Network Revitalisation
Stellar Projects design and project management team is working with Auckland Council on a phased approach to path network upgrades within one of Auckland’s most prestigious green spaces – the Auckland Domain. The Domain has a high volume of visitors each day and is the venue for many of Auckland’s outdoor events.
The project required work around a large number of heritage features and schedule trees, while addressing improvements to mobility access. It incorporates new boardwalks, timber viewing decks, replacement/renewal of existing asphalt paths, concrete stairs and stone walls.
Our procurement team has worked closely with Watercare to ensure timely delivery of the Central Interceptor’s main construction contract. The Central Interceptor is a super-sized tunnel that will reduce wastewater overflows into central Auckland waterways.
With construction having started at Mangere and May Road sites in August 2019, the $1.2b Central Interceptor is one of New Zealand’s most ambitious tunnelling projects. Constructed at depths of up to 110m, the tunnel will run 13km between Western Springs and the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant.
UPPER KHARTOUM PLACE
Revival of an iconic town centre square with new terracing, planting and upgrade of the fountain. Care had to be taken to protect the Womens Suffrage Monument during works and to allow continued pedestrian access throughout construction. Our project management team was engaged as the Project Lead representing the Principal.
AT ENTERPRISE BUSINESS PLAN
Business Planning – Infrastructure Delivery
Stellar Projects advisory team worked closely with Auckland Transport’s executive leadership team and General Manager to rationalise group level business planning into a strong Enterprise Business Plan.
Their mission to deliver safe, innovative and sustainable transport systems needed to be communicated to the wider organisation, to optimise delivery of the GPS, ATAP and Auckland Plan initiatives.
98 MELANESIA RD
High End Residential
98 Melanesia Road comprises two high-end residential properties in Kohimarama. Their unique bespoke and elegant design, indoor-outdoor flow and timeless detail and nishes, has created these sophisticated homes.
Our project management team worked with Auckland Council to gain Code of Compliance Certification and deliver these executive homes.
MT ALBERT TOWN CENTRE
Stellar Projects managed the project from concept development and consultation through design and construction to handover, completely revitalising and giving a fresh look to this Auckland suburb.
Off Road Cycleway
Director, Lucas Nikkel, was Engineer’s Representative managing this project from conception to completion. It comprised construction of approximately 2km of off-road commuter cycleway network, linking Glenfield to Albany as part of the National Cycleway Network.
Stellar Projects was responsible for overseeing consenting, design, estimating, procurement and construction of this project.
Public Structure Revitalisation
Our Project Managers and Planners work with Auckland Council in revitalising public structures in local parks.
Projects include Claverdon Park in Massey and Seibel Scenic Reserve in Henderson, providing a full scope of services including civil and structural engineering and design, planning, consents and project management.
MINOR SAFETY PROGRAMME
Annual Construction Programme
Work includes minor safety projects across the Auckland Region. The programme is made up of several hundred projects each year.
Our project management team was responsible for development and overseeing implementation of a series of annual contracts. As Engineer to Contract we managed a team of engineers to facilitate and ensure delivery of this programme.
Our Director and Senior Project Manager, Lucas Nikkel, was Project Manager and Engineer’s Representative for this project.
Works included bridge replacement and upgrade to accommodate 4 lanes and associated upgrade of a busy intersection on Auckland’s north shore.
Our Landscape Architects and Engineers worked in collaboration with Auckland Zoo to provide a long-term solution for replacement of the shade cloth within the eel enclosure. The design needed to align with the New Zealand themed Te Wao Nui enclosure and provide shelter for visitors as well as shade for the eel tank itself.
This ‘dilapidated pier’ concept was chosen, utilising sustainably sourced Totara (naturally felled), which was aged by an artist to provide an authentic look. We worked within site constraints to complete the project with minimal disruption and downtime in public viewing of the enclosure.
Stellar Projects collaborated with local artists and Auckland Council on the revitalised roadway berm at Bastion Point to improve amenity value and provide the community with beautiful artwork. The work is called He Turanga Hou – A New Place of Reflection. The five mosaic medallions were created by artists Graham Tipene and John Botica.
We provided project management, contract management and MSQA during the construction phase, working closely with the artists and Local Board to ensure successful delivery of the project.
MANUKAU BUS STATION
Public Transport Development
Our advisory team assisted Auckland Transport with the delivery of the architecturally designed Manukau Bus Station. This station is at the heart of the new public transport network for south Auckland, connecting bus users to both trains and other buses.
The Fort Street area has been transformed into an attractive destination as part of both the City Centre Masterplan and the CBD streetscapes upgrade programme.
Auckland Council enlisted Stellar Projects to manage the project completion and closeout of the engineering and civil works.
PARNELL 22KV CABLE
Cable Replacement Project
This project involved the replacement of aging network assets with 2 new 22kV single core cable circuits.
Stellar Projects was engaged as Senior Project Manager and Project Manager, overseeing the process from consents and design, through to final completion of the physical works and commissioning.
DOUBLE DECKER BUS ROLLOUT
Our project management professionals assisted Auckland Transport, Vector and Chorus with development of the utility relocation strategy for double decker buses along the Mt Eden and Botany routes.
Renew & Upgrade
The Northern Busway was a New Zealand first, with 6km of segregated roadway and five bus stations.
As the North Shore City Council Northern Busway Project Manager, our Director and Senior Project Manager, Peter Everett, worked closely with NZTA to ensure seamless delivery of these NZTA/NSCC contracts. Stellar Projects Director & CFO, Benji Potvin, was Project Manager for construction of Akoranga, Smales Farm and Sunnynook stations.