Auckland Waterfront, Auckland, NZ
Gateway Plaza, at the eastern end of Jellicoe Street, was the last work to be tackled in a suite of waterfront places and spaces developed in time for Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC2011). It adds to the work already underway along Jellicoe Street, at North Wharf, Silo Park and the Viaduct Events Centre – together representing the first stage of the Wynyard Quarter urban development transformation.
Gateway Plaza will provide Aucklanders, and visitors to Auckland, with a gateway to Wynyard Quarter as they move across a new pedestrian and cycling bridge (Wynyard Crossing) from the Auckland Viaduct.
The last piece of the Wynyard Quarter waterfront puzzle is now underway following a public ground breaking at Gateway Plaza by Auckland Mayor Len Brown.Cheered on by the Chairman of the Auckland Waterfront Development Agency, Bob Harvey, Mayor Len Brown climbed aboard a large digger at Gateway Plaza early this evening to add his weight to the project. “Were not mucking around, we’re getting stuck in!” said Mayor Brown.
“In eight months time this area will boast cafes, restaurants and open spaces alongside a working fishing wharf. This newest Auckland public plaza is the gateway to the western Auckland CBD waterfront [hence its name] and includes tidal steps to touch the water... or step out of your kayak!” Mr Harvey took the opportunity to launch a Public Charter for the Waterfront Agency. “Our promise to you is that this gateway to Wynyard Quarter, Gateway Plaza, along with its immediate surrounds, will be finished and ready to celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2011 next year."
But our job will not be done until 2040, when the Wynyard Quarter revitalisation ends. “Our new Public Charter gives you our commitment to a fresh way of working with our neighbours, our industries – business, fishing, marine and tourism - and all Aucklanders to build the waterfront we will not only be proud of but benefit from. It’s a firm base to keep us turning out great spaces for Aucklanders like the Gateway Plaza.
“We are expecting 600,000 visits a year to the new waterfront quarter and many of these visits will start here at Gateway Plaza,” Mr Harvey said that the Public Charter breaks new ground so it was appropriate to launch it today. Gateway Plaza is the site of the old Emirates Team NZ building, which has now been removed, providing a visual link to the western waterfront from the east for the first time in over a decade.