Takapuna Town Square Concept Design

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This consultation closed on 14 August 2020. Thanks for having your say.

We received 115 submissions.

We also asked for feedback from organisations and groups who will use and operate in the future town square.

Key feedback themes

Events

A number of people asked if the space was large enough to hold events and if the space would be serviced for events.

Markets

The majority of feedback on the markets was positive and people wanted it to continue.

Connections / sightlines

A few people, including the potential development partner, said the connection to Shore City and Potters Park could be improved.

They also said that sightlines to the beach would ideally be clearer.

Water feature / seating / other elements

People wanted to know:

  • what type of water feature would be included
  • how it would look
  • how cleanliness and safety would be handled.

We also received a number of positive comments about including a water feature, however people felt strongly that it shouldn't be a fountain style.

Greenery / shade

A lot of people said that the town square needed more trees and grass.

Other

We received a significant number of comments on:

  • the change of land use
  • surrounding development
  • car parking
  • size of the town square.

Stakeholder workshops

Overall our stakeholders were very positive about the concept design for the Takapuna town square.

They provided some useful detailed feedback about design elements that we will consider as we progress into detailed design.

These include:

  • signage for events
  • accessible toilets
  • shading
  • management of events and markets
  • types of seating.

Changes made as a result of feedback

We have refined the town square design to address the feedback we received.

We have also refined the boundaries of the town square to address comments made during:

  • the consultation
  • stakeholder meetings
  • discussions with the potential development partner.

This will:

  • align the space on Lake Road with the Shore City Shopping Centre
  • improve the sightline to Hurstmere Road
  • increase the space to Potters Park.

We will also include:

  • additional planting and seats
  • a larger space for the water feature
  • bike and scooter parking.

Takapuna War Memorial

We also asked whether the Takapuna War Memorial should be moved from its current location (beside the Takapuna Library) to the new town square. We received mixed feedback about this.

Panuku has recommended that this becomes a separate project with input from Auckland Council’s civic events and parks teams together with the Returned Services Association.

What happens next

  • Following approval of the revised concept design, we will begin the consenting process and find a contractor.
  • Construction is expected to start in early-mid 2021.

This consultation closed on 14 August 2020. Thanks for having your say.

We received 115 submissions.

We also asked for feedback from organisations and groups who will use and operate in the future town square.

Key feedback themes

Events

A number of people asked if the space was large enough to hold events and if the space would be serviced for events.

Markets

The majority of feedback on the markets was positive and people wanted it to continue.

Connections / sightlines

A few people, including the potential development partner, said the connection to Shore City and Potters Park could be improved.

They also said that sightlines to the beach would ideally be clearer.

Water feature / seating / other elements

People wanted to know:

  • what type of water feature would be included
  • how it would look
  • how cleanliness and safety would be handled.

We also received a number of positive comments about including a water feature, however people felt strongly that it shouldn't be a fountain style.

Greenery / shade

A lot of people said that the town square needed more trees and grass.

Other

We received a significant number of comments on:

  • the change of land use
  • surrounding development
  • car parking
  • size of the town square.

Stakeholder workshops

Overall our stakeholders were very positive about the concept design for the Takapuna town square.

They provided some useful detailed feedback about design elements that we will consider as we progress into detailed design.

These include:

  • signage for events
  • accessible toilets
  • shading
  • management of events and markets
  • types of seating.

Changes made as a result of feedback

We have refined the town square design to address the feedback we received.

We have also refined the boundaries of the town square to address comments made during:

  • the consultation
  • stakeholder meetings
  • discussions with the potential development partner.

This will:

  • align the space on Lake Road with the Shore City Shopping Centre
  • improve the sightline to Hurstmere Road
  • increase the space to Potters Park.

We will also include:

  • additional planting and seats
  • a larger space for the water feature
  • bike and scooter parking.

Takapuna War Memorial

We also asked whether the Takapuna War Memorial should be moved from its current location (beside the Takapuna Library) to the new town square. We received mixed feedback about this.

Panuku has recommended that this becomes a separate project with input from Auckland Council’s civic events and parks teams together with the Returned Services Association.

What happens next

  • Following approval of the revised concept design, we will begin the consenting process and find a contractor.
  • Construction is expected to start in early-mid 2021.

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    Is this funded by the rate payer

    Clarke asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your enquiry. Takapuna’s town square is a public realm project and is being funded through Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan which includes funding from rates.

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    Why is the biggest building not shown to its full height in the plans. This is deceptive. The top is cut off in the drawing. Why does the plan not show the actual height. This is deliberately misleading

    Debra asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The design focuses on the town square and that is what we are seeking feedback on. Details of the surrounding building heights and sun/shade implications on the space can be found on page 20 of the plan.

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    With the effects of Covid, zero migration to NZ, and the significant downturn of the building sector, will the sale of the Takapuna carpark continue? One could only assume that if so it will lead to a much lower anticipated sale price than what was initially envisioned at the start of this project. Is that not good enough reason to leave things alone for now?

    Resident24 asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The project is in delivery stage and we are currently working to confirm a development partner in 2020. The sale price will consider the value of the land and the returns for council, alongside the development outcomes agreed with the development partner.

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    Will we finally have a town centre that has great views and contact with the beach without being obstructed by roads, cars and buildings or do we head on to another 100 plus years of more of the same appalling lost opportunity.

    brishell asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The new town square has been designed to reinforce the link between the centre and the beach, and offers a view toward Rangitoto from the Hurstmere Road entrance. Auckland Council is delivering the transformation of Hurstmere Road. This project will make the street a safer, more spacious and attractive environment for pedestrians by reducing vehicle dominance and creating more space for outdoor dining and events. Read more at: https://progressakl.co.nz/projects/hurstmere-road-transformation/

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    Will the plans have a fully accessible and inclusive Changing Place (for more details visit www.changingplaces.org.nz) located next to Takapuna Beach?

    Kimberly4InclusionMatters asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for your question.


    Changing/end of trip facilities have been incorporated into the new carpark on Huron Street, due to be completed in October 2020.


    Two public toilets are proposed for the town square surrounding. Their design has not been finalised and we welcome your feedback in this regard. We encourage you to formally submit this feedback through the AK Have Your Say platform (if you haven’t already done so).


    With regards to the toilet block near Takapuna Beach; this work is being led by Auckland Council’s Community Facilities team. The design includes showers in the changing rooms and also a “Family Room”. The design meets the Building Code requirements for accessibility. The construction start date is expected to be confirmed in August following Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget process.