Hurstmere Road Streetscape Upgrade

CLIENT

Auckland Council & Auckland Transport 

DATE

2017-2021 

The upgrade of Hurstmere Road has successfully transformed a formally tired, vehicle dominated, and low amenity street into a revitalised open, vibrant beachside retail destination that is focused on people, all on a relatively modest budget. It is an exemplary showcase of a street that has been successfully retrofitted for flexibile transition and truly designed as a space that is first and foremost for people not cars. The completion of this project will be a significant catalyst for the further regeneration of the Takapuna centre. 


In viewing what looks like a relatively simple and straightforward streetscape upgrade, it is in reality a design that has had to fulfil a complex variety of functions in order to meet people’s needs as places in which to live, to work and to move around. The design required a thoughtful approach that balanced potential conflicts between different users and objectives. The design needed to successfully meet the needs of people walking, cycling, scootering, lingering/ playing, doing business, providing city services, and driving, all in a constrained urban space.


The new design for Hurstmere Road:

• Revitalises the street to create a safer, more vibrant and attractive area for local businesses, residents and visitors

• Reduces vehicle dominance

• Makes the street more accessible and improves the retail environment

• Improves water quality from road runoff into the sea

• Accommodates a growing community and increasing visitor numbers

• Creates a slow speed street

• Creates quality open space and improve connections to Takapuna’s stunning beach

• Improves facilities for pedestrians of all abilities

• Installs new energy-efficient lighting

• Introduces new native plantings and WSUD

• Creates a stronger beachside identity

• Provides invitations for greater socialisation on the street


At it’s core, this project is about reclaiming the street and creating space for people. The design has been crafted to balance the needs of a diverse range of users in order to shape an enticing and vibrant environment that ensures access, safety, comfort, and enjoyment for everyone. Hurstmere Road has been transformed into an open, vibrant beachside retail destination that is focused 

on people. With a healthy ecology, reduction in vehicle dominance and creative cultural expression, it is a celebration of Takapuna’s unique character.

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