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Rebuilding Birkenhead Town Centre car park

Published: 13 February 2019
North Shore Councillors Chris Darby and Richard Hills outside the Birkenhead work site.

The second phase of works to permanently stabilise Birkenhead’s Rawene Reserve and replace the old car park that was damaged in the 2017 landslip has begun following funding approval by the Governing Body prior to Christmas. 

The new work programme, which started last month, includes construction of a below-ground pile wall and installation of ground anchors at the bottom of the slope. Weather permitting, this first stage of phase two works will be completed in mid-March.

Earthworks will then follow, building up from the new stable base to reinstate the slope. The new slope will be built to have a flatter profile to that which existed prior to the landslip, resulting in a much more stable slope. The earthworks will hide the piles and anchors, resulting in a more natural surface to the reserve.

Once the earthworks are completed, new stormwater control measures will be put in place, the new car park built, service lane reinstated and landscape planting undertaken across the reserve. 

The phase two work programme is expected to take around 5-6 months to complete.

The new car park is expected to be finished and opened to the public in early winter.

A draft design for the new replacement car park has just been completed and is available to view and provide comments on. 

To request a copy of the design and supporting information, email rawene@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz. Request to be added to the project database as well to recieve more information.

Feedback on the car park design closes on Monday 18 February.

North Shore Councillor Richard Hills says its great to see things moving quickly onsite following funding approval in December last year.    

“This is a crucial project for business owners, local residents and visitors to the town centre.

“I’d like to thank Mayor Phil Goff and our fellow councillors for supporting the approval of funding required to get this final phase of works completed,” says Cr Hills.

Fellow councillor Chris Darby agrees and adds, “The project team and contractors have worked tirelessly in tricky conditions to keep this project on track and get the job done for our businesses and local residents.”