Myers Park Upgrade – Stage 2
Sector: Local Government
Client: Auckland Council
Dates: May 2015 – November 2017
Project Location: Auckland
Frequency Role: Project Management, Design Management, Value Engineering & Engineer to the Contract
This public space upgrade includes the enhancement and reconfiguration of the Queen Street and Mayoral Drive entrances to the park, the Mayoral Drive underpass and kindergarten car park and access.
Myers Park carries important historical significance as a public green space and as a valuable pedestrian connection between the Karangahape Road Precinct and the central City.
The park was developed in 1913 with only a few alterations made since that time. The park serves the city well, but there is a need to revitalise the space so that it responds to the changing needs of a growing and culturally diverse city. Particular attention will be given to increasing visibility, physical safety and awareness of Myers Park as a pleasant, quiet and safe inner-city park regardless of time of day.
The project is now reaching conclusion of Detailed Design. The underpass will be transformed into an interactive art piece, bringing the area to life through visitor interaction. The Taniwha is represented with the use of strong, scale-like objects which tell a story. Creating this active space will entice people to walk through Myers Park, making it become a safer access way.
Frequency have managed the project through the design process, integrating the diverse requirements of the artist, architect, structural and stormwater engineers, arborists, heritage and a large group of internal and external stakeholders.
Realisation of the artistic concept in an effective, efficient and buildable form has required careful consideration and value engineering of materials and construction forms, which Frequency are facilitating through workshops and design charrettes. Specific design review meetings are being held with maintenance and operations, CEPTED, iwi, Auckland Transport and other internal Council bodies.
The Myers Park Project is due to be completed November 2017.