Wynyard Quarter Looking Fine
I have big hopes for Wynard Quarter.
After years of moaning about the oil tanks and its mis-use of a valuable harbour edge gateway space, we can see a change to a people-friendly area thought out as a whole rather than a typically Auckland piecemeal approach.
This is an area with great potential that has been crying out for revitalisation.
It’s a shame it is still a well kept secret. Few people know what I’m talking about when I mention Wynyard. The media has largely ignored the development, probably because it has been free of the scandal they thrive on.
Wynyard Crossing is the interim pedestrian and cycling bridge over Viaduct Harbour, and work on Gateway Plaza is underway. The plaza, which is adjacent to the Viaduct Events Centre, will include seating, artwork and steps down to the water’s edge.
By August this year when North Wharf opens, the rest of the first stage of Wynyard Quarter’s revitalisation will be largely complete. It will transform Jellicoe Street into a waterfront boulevard.
Tenants for North Wharf so far include Marvel Grill, Gelatiamo (I Storm), Rushworth (MacGregor Brothers ), The Conservatory, Jack Tar (Red Shed), Urban Turban I Sushi & Yakitori, Live Fish Seafood Restaurant and Pescado.
The Viaduct Events Centre, has bookings for the Volvo Ocean Race, Seafood Festival, Auckland International Boat Show and Fashion Week.
Also to be completed by RWC is Silo Park at the western end of Jellicoe Street, which will be a green, public open space where people can relax, enjoy the views out to the Harbour Bridge, watch the marine industry at work, explore the cement silos, and where children can enjoy the playground.
By then electric trams will be running. At present there are no bus routes entering the Wynyard Quarter, only passing by on Fanshawe Street.
The new Auckland Transport proposal expected to be confirmed any day would see buses on the 010 service access Wynyard Quarter 36 times every weekday from Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Western Springs.
The planned new Inner City Service would include 87 bus movements to the area from Queens Street and K Rd on weekdays and 50 bus movements on weekends. The 15 minute Outer Loop would also run along Fanshawe Street.
ASB Bank’s headquarters on the corner of Halsey and Jellicoe streets will be opened in 2013, bringing a further 1300 people to work in Wynyard Quarter. Over the next 15 years this is expected to increase to a total of 14,000, with a further 7000 people living in Wynyard Quarter.