Creating Safer Streets: Emily Place

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Emily Place

Our project is now in its trial phase

Our project has been implemented and is now in its trial phase.

We hope you are enjoying experiencing the changes on the street.

We are now beginning the monitoring and evaluation of the project and you may see our team out observing how it is all working.



Spotlight on the concrete seating

Our new seating has been concrete 3D printed by NZ company QOROX. This technique has allowed us to achieve economical and robust street furniture that is quick to fabricate.

QOROX has been working hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our projects and with the Emily Place stools they have used shredded, used car tyres as seating bulk fill, instead of using solid concrete. As a result, they have reduced the concrete use by around 30% and saved waste rubber from heading to landfill. The rubber has been supplied by a kiwi-owned and Cambridge-based innovative business, Treadlite.



Spotlight on the ground art

We are excited to have partnered with Ngāti Whātua artist, Graham Tipene, who has designed this cultural pattern for the road and new pedestrian space. The design which has been stencilled onto the ground is called ‘Matarae – Koru’ (Headland – Growth).

“This design speaks to the headland that was quarried away in the 1800s. The Koru represents the growth of the people, the city and everything that comes with becoming a Metropolis”.



Spotlight on the planter boxes

Our plywood planters, by Decker Landscapes, protect and define the edges of our new public realm. Clad with hardwood decking timber, they provide a soft, natural aesthetic and contain a low maintenance, bee-friendly plant mix adding to the greenery of the area.




Co-design and design iteration

For comparison, below is the original concept plan.

What we heard

The proposed temporary changes are the outcome of the co-design process that took place between November and April. The design includes a simplified road layout, street art, footpath extensions, public realm improvements and planter boxes.

There were three main themes that emerged from the co-design workshops and surveys -

Emily Place should be:

  • An urban oasis for current and future generations.
  • A place where the rich heritage and cultural history of the site can be celebrated and remembered.
  • A shared space, accessible and catering to the whole of the community.

What this project is all about

Creating Safer Streets is a pilot project that aims to improve the public amenity of Emily Place. This project has been awarded funding through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme, and will be delivered by Auckland Council.

This project will use a tactical urbanism approach to test ways to improve the public amenity of the area by reducing traffic hazards and addressing security concerns.

Through a high engagement, co-design approach with the local resident and business community, the pilot will test different layout solutions and placemaking activities to improve the area and inform the future permanent upgrade of Emily Place in 2024. The final design will be determined by the co-design process, but interventions could include ground graphics, art installations, place kit, road layout changes and lighting.

Our project is now in its trial phase

Our project has been implemented and is now in its trial phase.

We hope you are enjoying experiencing the changes on the street.

We are now beginning the monitoring and evaluation of the project and you may see our team out observing how it is all working.



Spotlight on the concrete seating

Our new seating has been concrete 3D printed by NZ company QOROX. This technique has allowed us to achieve economical and robust street furniture that is quick to fabricate.

QOROX has been working hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our projects and with the Emily Place stools they have used shredded, used car tyres as seating bulk fill, instead of using solid concrete. As a result, they have reduced the concrete use by around 30% and saved waste rubber from heading to landfill. The rubber has been supplied by a kiwi-owned and Cambridge-based innovative business, Treadlite.



Spotlight on the ground art

We are excited to have partnered with Ngāti Whātua artist, Graham Tipene, who has designed this cultural pattern for the road and new pedestrian space. The design which has been stencilled onto the ground is called ‘Matarae – Koru’ (Headland – Growth).

“This design speaks to the headland that was quarried away in the 1800s. The Koru represents the growth of the people, the city and everything that comes with becoming a Metropolis”.



Spotlight on the planter boxes

Our plywood planters, by Decker Landscapes, protect and define the edges of our new public realm. Clad with hardwood decking timber, they provide a soft, natural aesthetic and contain a low maintenance, bee-friendly plant mix adding to the greenery of the area.




Co-design and design iteration

For comparison, below is the original concept plan.

What we heard

The proposed temporary changes are the outcome of the co-design process that took place between November and April. The design includes a simplified road layout, street art, footpath extensions, public realm improvements and planter boxes.

There were three main themes that emerged from the co-design workshops and surveys -

Emily Place should be:

  • An urban oasis for current and future generations.
  • A place where the rich heritage and cultural history of the site can be celebrated and remembered.
  • A shared space, accessible and catering to the whole of the community.

What this project is all about

Creating Safer Streets is a pilot project that aims to improve the public amenity of Emily Place. This project has been awarded funding through the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets Programme, and will be delivered by Auckland Council.

This project will use a tactical urbanism approach to test ways to improve the public amenity of the area by reducing traffic hazards and addressing security concerns.

Through a high engagement, co-design approach with the local resident and business community, the pilot will test different layout solutions and placemaking activities to improve the area and inform the future permanent upgrade of Emily Place in 2024. The final design will be determined by the co-design process, but interventions could include ground graphics, art installations, place kit, road layout changes and lighting.

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