About the project
We're working to upgrade Federal Street to create pedestrian-friendly spaces, where people can work and play.
When complete, the upgrades to Federal Street will form part of Auckland city centre’s ‘laneway circuit’ (a concept from Auckland's City Centre Masterplan), a growing network of city centre laneways designed to open up urban spaces and provide routes with good pedestrian access and opportunities for people to connect, enjoy outdoor areas, and access cycleways throughout other areas of the city.
The project is being implemented in four stages.
Stage one is already complete, which upgraded the area between Victoria Street and Wellesley Street.
Stage two began in March 2021 and focusses on the section of Federal Street between Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street. This section of Federal Street will become a high-quality shared space for the many people who walk or cycle through Federal Street, work in the area, and for those who call Federal Street home. The improvements will include:
- new seating and inviting places to sit and relax
- new native trees and plantings
- better lighting to support
a people-friendly space
- raingardens to filter stormwater,
improving the runoff that flows
into our waterways.
Construction will begin shortly and will continue Federal Street’s transition into a world-class laneway, end to end. While we make these important improvements, every effort will be made to minimise the impacts the Federal Street community will feel.
We will work with our contractor John Fillmore Contracting (JFC), who are experienced in the
delivery of complex streetscape projects in the city centre, to ensure:
• we keep access to homes and businesses
• people impacted by the project are supported and have all the information they need.
Auckland Transport consulted with the community on the proposed Stage 2 upgrade in November 2017 and 75% of submitters supported the proposed design.
For any further questions on the Stage 2 upgrade or to join the mailing list for regular Federal Street Stage 2 construction updates please email Cherie from JFC on email@example.com
Stages three and four will develop Federal Street from Victoria Street to Fanshawe Street.
Stage one is complete. Construction for stage two will begin in March 2021 and completed in early 2022.
Concept design phase for stages three and four with staging to be determined.
Intimate and beautiful laneways inject life into cities all around the world. In Tāmaki Makaurau
we are creating a more inviting city centre by transforming our laneways to create safe and inviting streets for people to travel through and spend time in.
Similar streetscape upgrades have been successfully applied across other parts of the city centre. Recent examples include Vulcan Lane, Fort Lane, O’Connell Street, Elliott Street and Galway Street.
The project features a design narrative, developed in partnership with mana whenua, referencing ideas of compassion, community, home and a journey of wellbeing. This will be reflected through the choice of warmer paving materials, the design of seating and shelter along the street to encourage people to come together, and the use of native planting including pūriri, tānekaha, rewarewa and white maire trees.
This project has been fully funded by the City Centre Targeted Rate (CCTR) which is an additional rate that is paid by all commercial and residential property owners in the city centre. This rate helps to build a strong city centre, which is essential for the prosperity and well-being of the entire Auckland region.