News 2018-11-30T15:47:01+00:00
Urban Solutions
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We're on the Move!

Exciting times here at Urban Solutions as we have just moved offices to Parnell in the newly renovated Icehouse shared space offices in the Textile Centre, St Georges Bay Road. Please feel free to reach out to arrange your next meeting here or just an opportunity to catchup by visiting us at the Icehouse, Parnell. We have visitor parks and a range of modern meeting rooms and spaces to make it easy for you to catchup and meet. We will miss the Victoria Street West office, but be assured our partnering relationships with our specialist suppliers 4Sight and LDE remain ever strong.

URBAN SOLUTIONS HAS MOVED TO........

Urban Solutions Limited
Level 4, 125 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052,
PO Box 5738, Victoria St West, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
www.urbansolutions.co.nz

Please contact me if you would like to meet up. Lorenzo 021748006 or lcanal@urbansolutions.co.nz
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We go to great heights to deliver positive community-transforming infrastructure - both figuratively and literally!

Funded by the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board, the recently completed Norana Path provides a safe walking and cycling route that connects existing reserves through a mangrove estuary which was previously inaccessible to pedestrians. The A-Z of this project, however, was not straight forward and required some over-and-above dedication.

The construction needed to be robust, innovative and low impact on the marine environment. A 20 Tonne amphibious excavator was used to install the boardwalk and bridge piles throughout the mangroves. Its large floating pontoons allowed for working in all tide conditions and it made minimal disturbance to the seabed. To construct the bridge that crosses the Mangere inlet, a helicopter was used to transport the 14m long glulam beams into position.

The path can now safely be used by local residents for walking & cycling, and aids access to the natural surrounding environment.

See more http://ow.ly/nTuj50zFLgs
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Check out our new video. Just before the Covid crisis, Urban Solutions together with Auckland Council, iwi, Citycare and the Friends of Kirks Bush re-opened the new upgraded track and boardwalk complete with Kauri hygiene stations. This outstanding green oasis in suburban Papakura was opened just in time as it was an essential public amenity for the locals' wellbeing during the Covid lockdown. It showcases best practice for how public access to urban kauri tracks can be managed.

Many locals discovered their neighborhood tracks and paths for the first time. It was interesting that local paths across New Zealand became an essential service to community wellbeing and individual freedom.

During Covid, the Kauri Dieback Programme continued to move forward providing a clear plan to re-open reserve tracks that have been closed. Our remote working practices have allowed for the Urban Solutions' design team to continue at full pace, ensuring that when the level restrictions eased we were shovel ready.
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Urban Solutions presents the completion of the Kirks Bush Kauri Dieback project
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It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the Tamaki Path and Dunkirk Seawall in Point England was completed. While out undertaking a final site inspection to sign off the Contract this week, it was pleasing to observe that it has been whole-heartedly adopted by an active community of walkers, joggers and cyclists who have discovered the majestic coastal edge reserves along the Tamaki Estuary.

We cycled the 5km length of the path from Panmure wharf to Omaru Creek to check the condition of the new assets as it was the end of the Contractor's 12 months Defects Liability Period. Over 4,000m2 was planted with native species above the crest of the new revetments as well as at the entrances to the path. The plants have established well and have transformed the area.

A highlight along the journey is the curved 55m bridge that spans Omaru Creek that captures the mahi toi of local Iwi with its patterned balustrades and path approaches as well as the 2 outstanding carved pou whenua positioned at either end of the bridge overlooking the Tamaki Estuary.

Even on a weekday, the path was well used by a variety of dog walkers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Check it out for yourself and discover this special part of Auckland: http://ow.ly/WPqS50zKRfB
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COASTAL | COOKS BEACH COASTAL EROSION PROTECTION

Identifying problems and determining game-changing solutions is something that we strive to do at Urban Solutions. Our portfolio of community infrastructure projects exhibits examples that required creative ingenuity from our skilled team and 'outside of the box' thinking in order to find the best solutions.

Like many beaches across New Zealand, Cooks Beach is suffering from Coastal Erosion in which factors such as waves, tidal currents and wind erode at the coastline. Urban Solutions was proud to partner with Thames-Coromandel District Council and Land +Sea Civil to complete an innovative sand cement buried back stop wall to combat the effects of coastal erosion. This alternative design provided substantial cost savings to a standard wall and complements the surrounding beach environment, resulting in the pristine untouched look that New Zealand beaches are known for.

See more here: http://ow.ly/mcaf50zFLGA
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PUBLIC OPEN SPACES | SUNNY CRESCENT PLAYSPACE

Kumeu is recognised by Kiwis for it’s beautiful countryside and vineyards. The community has a rich history of fruit growing and therefore, a fruit bowl concept was desired for the main design theme of a proposed playspace in the area.

Our talented team were inspired by the brief and developed a design for a playspace which conveyed both the story of the local history in horticulture through the planting palette and bright colours, and preserves the strong pedestrian connection through the site.

The proposal of fruit trees and the intense use of colours in the softscape and hardscape design builds on the concept of the fruit bowl and promotes various activities and experiences for the historic community.

See more here: http://ow.ly/wU8G50zFLc4