Auckland developments that will benefit from the City Rail Link plan

Precinct Properties' planned Commercial Bay development.

Precinct Properties' planned Commercial Bay development.

The Government's plan to help Auckland fund its $2.5 billion City Rail Link came after lobbying from the businesses behind big development projects in the city.

In his state of the nation speech, Prime Minister John Key stressed the need for the giving developers certainty when he outlined the Government's desire to move forward with the building of the City Rail Link (CRL).

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Artist impression of the proposed NDG Tower.

Artist impression of the proposed NDG Tower.

"It's become clear that we need to provide certainty for other planned CBD developments affected by the rail link," Key said.

The CRL is a key project in Auckland Council's plan to intensify the centre of the city.

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It will provide a rail link between Mount Eden, Karangahape Road, Aotea Square and Britomart, which Auckland Council believes is important to help cater for the projected 700,000 new residents Auckland can expect in the next 30 years.

Auckland Transport, a council-controlled organisation, has released a map showing the developments hinged off the CRL, developments which will significantly alter the face of the city.

Glyn Jones, spokesman for Auckland mayor Len Brown said: "On the map there are 70 projects that are all within a very short distance".

"Anywhere in the world mass-transport links are always matched with high density development, whether it is retail, commercial or residential."

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There are well over $2b of development projects that will benefit from the CRL, including Chinese developer NDG's planned 52-storey apartment block on Queen St.

Jones said the prime minister's announcement marked the end of a long struggle since 2010 when doubts had been cast over the viability of the City Rail Link.

"This has been a really huge effort by the council and the business community at large to point out the importance of a route like this to invigorate the central city."

Developments include:

NDG Tower: A 209 metre 52-storey tower. Construction work will start next year. It will house a mix of apartments, a hotel and shops. The cost is estimated at $350 million. It will be Auckland's second tallest building after the Sky Tower.

One Mills Lane: A $675m project by Mansons TCLM for a 190m-tall development on the site of the old home of the New Zealand Herald. It will include a 30-level tower capable of housing over 4000 workers, with shops and a hotel.

Commercial Bay: NZX-listed Precinct Properties is to spend $500m developing a 36-level glass tower with some 37,000 square metres of office space on Queen Elizabeth Square at the bottom of Queen Street.

Britomart: A $100m investment in a new office tower in Britomart has been mooted by Cooper & Company. It appears on the Auckland Council CRL map as a potential development.

Other projects that will benefit from the CRL are the next stages of the development of the waterfront Wynyard Quarter overseen by Panuku Auckland Development, which is a council-controlled entity.

Developments are also mooted around Aotea Square, where Aucklanders go to get their fix of theatre, ballet and classical music.

 - Stuff


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