About the project
The Emily Place improvements project aims to provide a more people-focused street and reduce the dominance of cars. The project aligns with the City Centre Masterplan which focuses on making better use of city centre spaces and improving the quality of the environment.
Objectives of the Emily Place upgrade are to:
• Deliver a quality, accessible, attractive, distinctive and desirable public place.
• Create a destination that celebrates and responds to the cultural heritage and built form of the area.
• Provide a space that empowers local community-led placemaking and activation opportunities
• Balance cost-effective outcomes with the right design in the right place.
The full length of Emily Place, including the Emily Place Reserve, is included in the current investigation area (boundaries on the southern side along Shortland Street and Eden Crescent).
In 2021, a Waka Kotahi-funded ‘Innovating Streets for People’ trial project was completed at Emily Place. Feedback from this trial showed solid support for permanent changes to Emily Place that would make the area more people focused and pedestrian friendly.
The Emily Place improvement project is currently in the concept design and business case phase. The draft concept plan, developed by Auckland Council, builds on community input into Innovating Streets, with some of the interventions being explored in the draft concept plan having been trialed during that project. This phase of the project seeks further community feedback on the draft concept plan and solutions for permanent enhancements to Emily Place.
Partnering with Mana Whenua on design elements will look to reflect the area’s unique and special history, finding ways that people can use spaces to celebrate and educate the community and users on the area’s cultural heritage. Heritage subject experts are also involved to ensure existing heritage features in the area are respected.
Consultation and community engagement on the Emily Place draft concept plan is open from 21 August to 18 September 2023.
A final concept plan will be developed following a review of the feedback we receive during this round of engagement.
Detailed designs and consent applications will be produced in the next phase of the project, with construction currently indicatively scheduled to begin in 2025.
To learn more about the project and engagement opportunities please visit our social pinpoint page at https://aucklandcouncil.mysocialpinpoint.com/emily-place
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Auckland Council is delivering this project with support, during this engagement phase, from Aaiotanga Community Space.
The Emily Place improvements project is made possible by funding from the City Centre Targeted Rate.