A long wait for a park on Ponsonby Rd
An unassuming commercial site on Ponsonby Rd is set to become public park.
Designs for the site, currently occupied by Nosh and Liquor King at 254 Ponsonby Rd, were welcomed from far and wide with the public voting for a favourite.
Plans for the site were originally drawn up as part of the Draft Ponsonby Rd Masterplan in July 2014 but were met with objections from some community members about its potential to remain as a commercial site.
A community volunteer group worked for the last two years asking for design submissions and the public have voted an entry by LandLab as the favourite, with 30 per cent of votes.
LandLab’s team of urban designers and landscape architects worked on an in house design competition before submitting its final design.
LandLab principal Henry Crothers said the design incorporated green space with gardens and a plaza.
‘‘Our vision is to sensitively and adaptively re-use 254 Ponsonby Rd’s existing structures and features to create a unique, hybrid open space and destination that captures the urbanity, spirit and sense of place of Ponsonby,’’ he said.
The design dubbed PARK+ demonstrated best practice in environmental, cultural and social sustainability with innovative remediation, storm water filtration and sustainable energy generation, he said.
Jennifer Ward led the community volunteer group campaigning for the park.
‘‘It’s a good design and a really high class landscape from the designers who have done a lot of work in Wynyard Quarter so we are excited to be involved in the development of the park,’’ Ward said.
‘‘I would like to see work progress within a two year timeframe.’’
Waitemata Local Board chairwoman Pippa Coom was supportive of the design.
‘‘It really pushes the boundary of what a park really is,’’ Coom said.
‘‘LandLab have been clever in re-purposing the buildings there with the potential for a marketplace of square.’’
Coom could not confirm when the work would begin but said the design had been passed onto Auckland Council to further develop the design and conduct feasibility studies.
LandLab’s design for 254 Ponsonby Rd would see green space incorporated with the re-purposing of the existing buildings.