Park designs blossom
BIG plans are afoot for an urban pocket park.
A design competition, open to Unitec landscape architecture students, has been launched to redevelop a lawn area on the streetfront at 354-362 New North Rd into a shared park.
The space is currently an unused patch along the suburb’s commercial strip.
It is hoped the winning design will transform it into a park where workers and locals can sit and enjoy a break.
‘‘This is very exciting for Kingsland as there is very little green space in this area,’’ Kingsland Business Society manager Christine Foley says.
‘‘We are keen to see a design that makes reference to Kingsland’s heritage, while at the same time making it an attractive place for people to relax and enjoy the surroundings.’’
There’s a $1000 cash prize up for grabs for the winning design team.
The competition was spearheaded by the Kingsland Business Society and the property’s owner Alsco. The company is contributing $10,000 towards the project.
It is hoped the park will start to take shape by October.
Unitec lecturer and Urbanlogic director Ian J Vincent says it will be rewarding for the winning students to see their design implemented in such a short timeframe.
‘‘It’s not always about the big shiny stuff in the city – it’s about small amazing spaces that actually change the attitude of a community,’’ he says.
‘‘Somebody else might see this and go that’s really cool we might do something out here and the area changes and then we actually start regeneration.’’
The designs will need to take into account who will use the space as well as factors such as sun, wind and noise, Vincent says.
Alsco regional general manager Mark Roberts says at the moment staff are forced to take to a nearby bus stop on a sunny day for somewhere to sit during their breaks.
‘‘We want a usable space for passers-by and staff to use. It’s quite a wide street frontage on these two spots and we need to take advantage of it.’’
Students have been told their designs must work within a $20,000 budget. The organisers are hoping to raise the further $10,000 needed from other sources.
This is the second urban design collaboration between the business association and Unitec.
A winning design from Unitec graduates Rudolf Iseli, Matt Lay and Meg Back for the revitalisation of the area outside Trinity Church is now going through assessment requirements, with work earmarked to start in 2015.
The competition closes on August 29 with judging starts the following week.
Judges will include design professionals and representatives from Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.
Design competition: Unitec landscape architecture students Jonathan Cristal and Natasha Iyer work on their design for a pocket park on a commercial strip of New North Rd.
Blank canvas: Unitec landscape architecture students are working on designs to redevelop a lawn area on the streetfront at 354-362 New North Rd into a shared park.