Panmure / Point England / Wai-o-Taiki, Auckland
|Services:||Project Management, Consultation, Iwi engagement, Design, Consenting, Engineer to Contract – Construction Monitoring and Contract Management.|
|Scope:||5km long 3m wide shared path, 50m long curved glulam bridge, retaining walls, landscaping, wayfinding signage and artwork|
The Tāmaki Path (also referred to as the Tāmaki Estuary Greenway) was identified as a priority connection in the Maungakiekie- Tāmaki Local Board’s adopted greenways plan. The project’s objective is to provide recreational opportunities through local reserves, improve accessibility to the coastal edge and contribute positively to the cycling/walking and micro-mobility network which links to Auckland’s city centre.
Urban Solutions provided professional services including preparation of the project execution plan, engagement with Iwi as project partners and consultation with key stakeholders, including local resident and business associations, nature reserve rangers, bird protection societies and the general public. Our services also included design and consenting of the northern path and the Engineer to the Contract role for the physical works contract i.e. contract management and construction supervision.
The 5km continuous shared path connects Wai-o-Taiki Reserve in Point England, to Panmure Wharf and was completed in May 2019. The path passes through a variety of environments including coastal edge reserves, native bush, mown grass, grazed paddock and recreational areas.
The project involved the construction of 2.5m-3.0m wide concrete paths. curved timber boardwalks, bridges and retaining walls, an Exeloo toilet facility, new fencing, drainage, landscaping, picnic amenity areas and park furniture.
A new 50m long, curved timber glulam bridge with Iwi inspired Maori patterned balustrade was constructed over Omaru Creek. The construction methodology involved 16m long glulam beams and prefabricated bridge sections being lifted by a 300T crane from the northern side of the stream. The result is impressive and pou whenua from Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki & Ngati Paoa stand majestically at the entrances to the bridge.
Significant benefits have been realised having observed the Tāmaki Estuary coastline shared path come alive with pedestrians, cyclists, dog walkers, joggers, children, and micro-mobility users.