About the project
We’re reinstating the plaza behind Waitematā Station (Britomart).
Once complete, the plaza will serve as an entrance and exit to the station, while also offering a relaxed place for people to gather and connect, with easy access to the heart of the city centre.
Why are we doing this work?
This is the next piece in creating a high-quality network of public spaces, encompassing the Britomart precinct, Takutai Square, Waitematā Station, Te Komititanga, and Commercial Bay.
The reinstated plaza is part of the wider regeneration of the Britomart Precinct that’s transformed the area over the last 15+ years.
In 2017, a temporary station structure was constructed on the plaza so people could access trains while City Rail Link Limited (CRLL) worked on the upgrade of the Chief Post Office building (Britomart Railway Station) as part of the City Rail Link project.
Now that the station is complete, in early 2024 CRLL will begin removing temporary structures to make space for the plaza reinstatement. Auckland Council is then aiming to begin construction of the plaza in April 2024, with work expected to take around one year.
Work on the station plaza will be done in conjunction with the upgrade of Tyler Street, similar to the design of Galway Street, which was completed in February 2023. Find out more about the Tyler Street upgrade.
The council group and CRLL are committed to managing the impacts of construction on people who are living, working, and travelling through the area.
Partnering with mana whenua
Since 2013, the CRL project has been working with mana whenua and the CRL Mana Whenua Forum have contributed significant mātauranga Māori which has benefited the project in a number of ways. As part of this partnership, CRL agreed core narratives with mana whenua, which have driven the key design aspects of the four stations and their immediate urban realm precincts.
Designed in conjunction with nearby Te Komititanga, the core elements agreed with mana whenua that have driven the station plaza design include:
- the Waitematā harbour, and mingling of salt and fresh water with Te Waihorotiu, with the resulting abundance of life and this abundance supporting many people
- the ability to be greeted by tangata whenua at the ātea given the many types of waka arriving by sea (as well as trains and buses)
- the pavement’s variable pattern depicting the look of the Waitematā sandy foreshore as though seen by people gathering kai when harvesting shellfish in ankle/knee deep clear water
- the lid design to the central seating element supports this meeting of people, abundance and life-giving affirmation that the location on/in the Waitematā provides.
The plaza design was developed with mana whenua and finalised following community engagement in 2017 and 2018. The design reflects the history of the Waitematā foreshore, both past and present.
Eight native trees will be planted around the edge of the plaza. There will also be a large central seating area and station ‘lid’ designed in partnership with mana whenua which will support the meeting of people.
The plaza is designed to be for people, with no vehicle access. Along with the trees, seats and bicycle racks, bollards will be installed around the plaza edge to prevent unauthorised vehicle access.
The temporary station structure will be deconstructed between January and March 2024.
The reinstatement of the plaza is planned to begin in autumn 2024 and will take around one year to complete.
The station plaza will be constructed in conjunction with the upgrade of Tyler Street between Te Komititanga and Commerce Street.
For questions about the plaza design or deconstruction of the temporary station structure, contact City Rail Link Ltd at email@example.com or 0800 CRL TALK (275 8255).
For questions about construction of the plaza, contact the Auckland Council project team at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The station plaza was designed by City Rail Link Limited as part of their urban realm programme around the railway stations.
Auckland Council is leading the construction work to reinstate the plaza.