Nov 11 2014

An iconic symbol of the area known as the Tank Farm on Auckland’s waterfront is being honoured in new outdoor installations, as part of the Daldy Street upgrade.

An iconic symbol of the area known as the Tank Farm on Auckland’s waterfront is being honoured in new outdoor installations, as part of the Daldy Street upgrade.

The two ‘Daldy Street Tanks’ have been created as vertical landmarks and interactive play structures in a new linear park and streetscape in Wynyard Quarter.

The first ‘waterplay’ tank will be situated adjacent to the Auckland Fish Market on Daldy Street and incorporates a 7.6 metre high tank which will be used to store water for irrigation surrounding the park.

The second ‘play tank’ consists of a 7.5 metre high ‘tank’ playhouse providing an opportunity for climbing, sliding and as a way-finding point for park users.

The tanks have been constructed using steel, recovered wharf timber, and concrete reflecting the former industrial site.

The project has been made possible through collaboration between Waterfront Auckland and local Iwi Ngati Whatua Orakei and both tanks offer cultural story telling structures that reference Maori culture.

Symbols for water and whakatauki (Maori proverbs) relating to water will complement the first tank. Stories about the harvest and the lunar cycle will be used in the second tank and each year local schools and Maori carvers will team up to create carved timber Pou. The pou will incrementally inserted into the 12 steel supports, representing the 12 months of Maramataka (the Maori calendar).

Ralph Webster, Senior Design Manager from Waterfront Auckland says a key part of the Daldy street revitalisation was to connect the space with the community.

“The great thing about these new works is that they are more than just static monuments, but are evolving structures which hold great education value and provide a focal point for the local community to engage with on an ongoing basis.”

“From an urban design perspective they also serve as vertical landmarks along the key north to south Daldy Street axis in the area marking the route from Victoria Park and Auckland’s old foreshore line to the headland at the tip of Wynyard Point.”

“Not to mention, with the slides and play features, the tanks will provide a lot of fun for visitors to the area, both kids and adults.”

The tank structures will be unveiled at dawn on Saturday 22 November before a day of festivities to mark the completion of revitalisations of Daldy and Halsey streets from Pakenham Street north.

The completion of the roadworks also marks the re-start of the heritage tram service which will resume again from Monday 23 November at set times until late January.

The improvements to the public realm area of Wynyard Quarter are part of a wider 20 year urban regeneration managed by Waterfront Auckland. The street upgrades and landscaping also coincide with the delivery of the next major development stage, the building of 600 apartments and 48,000 m2 of flexible working and office space on a 3.5 hectare site in the centre of Wynyard Quarter.