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Karangahape Road Streetscape Upgrade & Precinct Plan_

LandLAB has developed an urban design and public realm strategy to guide the transformation of Auckland's iconic 'K Road' character precinct including the upgrade of Karangahape Road as a multi-modal transport, walking and cycling corridor.

The streetscape proposal re-prioritises the allocation of space within the street to support walking, cycling and public transport as priority modes and enhances the provision of public open space from 30% to 50%.  The preferred cross-section was developed through extensive design research, investigation and stakeholder consultation and includes separate Copenhagen cycle paths, widened footpaths, new street trees, integrated /green infrastructure and a site-specific suite of urban furniture that supports a range of social seating opportunities.  

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Input from a Community Reference Group (CRG), the Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA) and Mana Whenua has embedded K Roads creative and urban DNA into the project. This is an important project for Auckland that establishes a benchmark for the integration of walking, cycling and public transport within an urban environment and one of New Zealand's most (in)famous, iconic and creative streets. Achieved through extensive and collaborative consultation and courageous design leadership. Designed by LandLAB + BECA in collaboration with MRCagney, Karangahape Road Business Association and the Auckland Design Office.

Implementation is proposed via a phased strategy which includes a series of tactical urbanism interventions to test and refine the final design proposals prior to implementation. The project has been used as a case study to develop the Value of Urban Real Toolkit (VURT) and Auckland Council's 'Business Case for Walking'.

Location_ Tāmaki Makaurau - Auckland, New Zealand
Client_ Auckland Transport (AT) + Auckland Council (AC)
Date_ 2015
Budget_ $15m
Team_ BECA (civil, transport, lighting) + MRCagney (cycling)