Creating Safer Streets: Emily Place

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Emily Place

Thank you for your input on the concept plan

We received a lot of valuable feedback on the concept plan, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to input into the project.

Most of the comments focused on the lack of parking in the new plan and we acknowledge that this is a valuable community asset. We have responded by reinstating 15 spaces. The project team feels that this response allows us to still create a more pedestrian-friendly Emily Place, while striking a better balance between parking and pedestrian space.

Below is the new plan that we will trial on the street.

For comparison, below is the original concept plan.

Road art

We are excited to be partnering with Ngāti Whātua artist, Graham Tipene, to design a cultural pattern for the road and new pedestrian space. The design which will be 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”.

The artwork will be applied using a standard road paint which is cost-effective and easy to remove.



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.

Thank you for your input on the concept plan

We received a lot of valuable feedback on the concept plan, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to input into the project.

Most of the comments focused on the lack of parking in the new plan and we acknowledge that this is a valuable community asset. We have responded by reinstating 15 spaces. The project team feels that this response allows us to still create a more pedestrian-friendly Emily Place, while striking a better balance between parking and pedestrian space.

Below is the new plan that we will trial on the street.

For comparison, below is the original concept plan.

Road art

We are excited to be partnering with Ngāti Whātua artist, Graham Tipene, to design a cultural pattern for the road and new pedestrian space. The design which will be 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”.

The artwork will be applied using a standard road paint which is cost-effective and easy to remove.



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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