Panuku Development Auckland to deliver mixed use development in New Zealand

WCN Editorial Team 9 Mar 2021 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

Panuku Development Auckland has teamed up with property developer Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB) and project management company RCP to deliver the urban regeneration of the site above City Rail Link’s Aotea Station, which is presently under construction.

This over-station development by MRCB, called as Aotea Central, will be designed with an aim to revitalise mid-town and support the busiest train station in Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said: “MRCB has experience in developing integrated commercial and residential properties around transportation hubs and a good reputation for the design and quality of its developments.

“The project will replace what was once a car park with modern, well-designed and high-density housing, as well as shops and commercial spaces in the heart of our city. The apartments and businesses it creates will have a great location, situated above the City Rail Link Aotea Station. It makes travel convenient and it’s close to attractions such as the Art Gallery and Aotea Centre.”
The new project will feature a 21-storey building with a mix of retail, commercial and residential space.

As per the early concepts, it features a striking design with terraced planting. Besides having integrated access to Aotea Station, the development will link to the surrounding areas with laneways, providing places for people to meet and spend time.

The 4780m² site, which was an earlier a car park used for Auckland Council fleet parking at the intersection of Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street, is currently being used to support the City Rail Link construction.

MRCB International CEO Ravi Krishnan said: “We are incredibly excited to deliver what will be a truly unique and transformational development for Auckland. Aotea Central will be an exemplar mixed-use, transport-oriented development that positively contributes to and enhances Auckland’s mid-town and the city centre more generally.”

MRCB, which has experience in delivering transport-orientated developments, has teamed up with New Zealand-based RCP on the development project. It has assembled a multi-disciplinary team, which also includes global architecture studio Woods Bagot.

RCP project development director Cristean Monrea said: “We’re immensely proud of the innovative outcomes we facilitated in our development proposal, which pushes the boundaries in the way Auckland thinks about transport-oriented developments.

“The RCP team is excited to be working alongside development partners Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Council and City Rail Link to deliver a landmark development never before seen in New Zealand.”

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Image: The new development will be a 21-storey building with a mixture of retail, commercial and residential space. Credit: Panuku Development Auckland.

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