The chang­ing face of Auck­land city

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CATRIN OWEN

Auck­land is un­der­go­ing a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion with some of the big­gest changes hap­pen­ing in the CBD.

With the pop­u­la­tion ex­pected to grow by more than 700,000 in the next 30 years, cre­at­ing these new trans­port, shop­ping and ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions is vi­tal in mak­ing a live­able city.

On Great North Rd in Grey Lynn the de­vel­op­ment of the new three-storey $42 mil­lion Bun­nings Ware­house is on sched­ule.

But its fate could have been very dif­fer­ent if the En­vi­ron­ment Court had not ap­proved the re­source con­sent.

The Arch Hill Res­i­dents Group first banded to­gether to fight the hard­ware store mov­ing in on March 2014, how­ever the res­i­dents are now some­what on board.

Work com­menced in Septem­ber 2015 with pil­ing and ex­ca­va­tion of the site, and builders are get­ting ready to start putting up the steel for the main ware­house.

The store is ex­pected to be open­ing in early 2017.

The last cou­ple of months have been im­por­tant for the de­vel­op­ment of the City Rail Link.

Prepa­ra­tion for the con­struc­tion of the CRL is now well un­der way on the $2.5 bil­lion pro­ject.

How­ever most of the work is go­ing on be­hind the scenes to move pipes, ca­bles and stormwa­ter drains across Al­bert and Queen Streets be­fore work can be­gin on dig­ging the mas­sive tun­nel.

A large acous­tic shed has been built over the in­ter­sec­tion of Al­bert and Vic­to­ria Streets to help re­duce the noise caused by the con­struc­tion.

‘‘We sure have waited, this pro­ject has been de­bated and tossed around for more than 90

PHOTO: JA­SON DORDAY

Auck­land’s sky­line is chang­ing with more apart­ment build­ings and sky­scrapers be­ing built.

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