Design approved for 254 Ponsonby Road

Publish Date : 22 Feb 2024
254 Ponsonby OA
Render of the urban canopy to be built at 254 Ponsonby Road

Construction to create a public space in the heart of Ponsonby will soon be underway.

Waitematā Local Board approved the detailed design for the 254 Ponsonby Road civic space at its board meeting in February 2024, following the approval of the preliminary design in October 2023.

“The board unanimously agreed on the approval of the design, and we’re really excited to see the physical works progress over the next few months, can’t wait!” says local board chair Genevieve Sage.

“Central Ponsonby has a shortage of public spaces, and it’s fantastic that 254 Ponsonby Road will fill this need for the community very soon.”

The design explores elements of the new space in depth.

Raised planter beds, an accessible pathway, and a grass area on the western side of the site will mean all members of the community have an area to connect, relax and play.

For those seeking shade, the ‘urban canopy’ will offer shelter from sun and rain. A raised hardwood floor will complete the look, with a ramp at one end and steps at both.

A sustainable and cost-effective solution for the toilet block has been found by refurbishing the one which was removed Wellesley Street West for the development of Bledisloe Station.

Safety improvements to O’Neill Street, which runs alongside 254 Ponsonby Road, will be carried out at the same time as the public space is being developed. $357,000 of Waitematā Local Board’s Transport Capital Fund has been put towards these improvements to make sure the future space at 254 Ponsonby Road will be safe for pedestrians to get to.

See the report and all the designs here.

Initial works will begin when resource consent is granted, which is estimated to be in March 2024.

The project is expected to be completed next summer, providing a public space for the community to enjoy.

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