NZ Urban Development News - 2 April


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Ngāi Tahu partnership to build new Queenstown community

A 300-home joint KiwiBuild and Ngāi Tahu housing development in central Queenstown has been confirmed.

The development on the former Wakatipu High School site has been one of the region's worst kept secrets after news of it leaked late last year.

On Thursday, Ngāi Tahu representatives joined Housing Minister Phil Twyford at the site to announce the development would include 100 KiwiBuild homes as well as commercial spaces.

Contractor confirmed for Christchurch's $301 million Metro Sports Facility build

Christchurch's long-awaited Metro Sports Facility will be built by Australian company CPB contractors, who are already working on two large publicly-funded projects in the city. 

The $301 million central city anchor project, due to open in late 2021, was originally expected to be finished early-2016 but has been plagued by delays – including a dispute which saw the previous design and build contractor dropped.

When finished, the building will include a 10-lane 50-metre pool with 1000 seats for spectators, a 20m by 25m diving pool, five hydroslides, several indoor courts for various sports, and several other training facilities.  

The main works contract with CPB is worth $221m. A further $80m is either set aside for specialist equipment like pool tanks and hydroslides or has been spent on land remediation, foundation work or professional services.

Britomart developer's opposition to council plans for Quay Street 

Plans to build a multi-million dollar bus interchange between Commerce Street and Britomart Place on Auckland’s Quay Street have been canned after developers Cooper and Company said it would impact on their real estate interests in the upmarket Britomart precinct.

Auckland Council staff have now been told to go back to the drawing board.

Auckland Transport (AT) planned to build two new bus interchanges in the Downtown area. One on Quay Street between Commerce Street and Britomart Place and another station on Lower Albert Street. It said the two terminals would allow people to access, or transfer between buses, ferries and trains and construction was expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020.

The Lower Albert Street Bus Interchange would be used to cover northern and western services, while the Britomart East Bus Interchange would be used to cover southern and eastern services. The two stations were expected to cost $39 million.

But according to the Auckland Council’s Auckland City Centre Advisory Board, the planned location of the Britomart East Bus Interchange project has now been scrapped following a review.

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