How big is the new town square?
Our plan includes a town square of approximately 3,200sqm across 40 Anzac Street and 38 Hurstmere Road that will unify the heart of Takapuna. The other parts of 40 Anzac Street and neighbouring council-owned properties at 30 and 34 Hurstmere Road will include shops, eateries, offices, and apartments.
What are the buildings around the town square?
The surrounding development will include a mix of shops, businesses and homes.
How high will the surrounding buildings be?
Building heights will be of a modest scale up to 36.5m (10 storeys) and will not exceed those permitted under the Auckland Unitary Plan. Height restrictions will be placed on some buildings to ensure that the square receives plenty of sunlight throughout the year. For example, we're requiring a lower height on the buildings directly to the north of the square to ensure sunlight on the space.
Why isn’t there any grass?
The design has been structured to compliment the grassy areas of Potters Park and Hurstmere Green. It builds on the community's desire to accommodate a weekly market and larger events such as concerts all year round.
When will construction start on the town square?
Construction won’t start until early-mid 2021. Until then 40 Anzac Street will remain open as a car park to ensure there is plenty of parking during the Hurstmere Road upgrade.
When the town square is built, will we lose the car parks in the 40 Anzac Street car park?
The car parks at the 40 Anzac Street site will be replaced by the new multi-level Gasometer car park at 14 Huron Street.
Until early-mid 2021, 40 Anzac Street will remain as a public car park to ensure there is plenty of parking during the Hurstmere Road upgrade. By that time, the new Gasometer car park will have opened.
What will happen to the Takapuna Sunday Market?
We recognise the Takapuna Sunday Market is an important and valued part of the community. We’re working with the market operator to find a solution to ensure it remains a successful part of life in Takapuna.
The proposed design can accommodate a variety of public events, including a market with over 80 stalls.
Will there be a resource consent process?
We will be applying to Auckland Council for a resource consent. We will know once the application has been lodged whether the application will be notified.
Why is feedback being sought on the relocation of the Takapuna War Memorial?
It has been suggested by some members of the community that the memorial could be relocated from its current location next to the Takapuna Library to the new town square. This would require further input from certain groups in the community who have a strong association with the memorial and its historical significance.
We’ll also need to consider how the memorial could be relocated in its current form, and how it could be integrated into the design of the town square.
How will Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget affect Panuku’s work in Takapuna?
We won’t know the precise impacts on the Unlock Takapuna programme until the budget is finalised. At this stage we anticipate Takapuna’s town square project will go ahead as intended, with construction due to commence in early-mid 2021.