In just a few short years Auckland’s waterfront will look dramatically different. The Downtown Programme will be creating a generous and welcoming destination along the water’s edge that better connects people to the Waitematā Harbour and turns the Quay Street area into a more vibrant destination for all to enjoy.

Key projects within the programme, which are currently going through resource consents, will be delivered by 2021. 

Quay Street Strengthening works will begin in early 2019.


Seismic strengthening is needed to protect Quay Street and the utility services within it. This is the first step in the revitalisation of Quay Street and the works will be undertaken in stages, running from Princes Wharf to Marsden Wharf.

Investigation and relocation of utility services along Quay Street will take place from late 2018. This will identify underground services, such as power and gas, and provide essential information for construction planning.

Quay Street will then be transformed into a revitalised waterfront place, with wider footpaths, easier navigation, new street furniture, trees, and greater opportunity for business and events.

A traffic-calmed Quay Street will integrate different modes of transport and improve connections between trains, buses and ferries.

The redevelopment of the ferry basin will begin from mid-2019, creating six new berths.This is the first step towards a modern ferry terminal that is suitable for the city’s growing transport needs, and further development will occur post-2021.

We are delivering this project in a joint venture with Downer NZ and Soletanche Bachy.