Sep 29 2014

Auckland's Waterfront scooped two leading international awards.

Both awards recognised the transformation of Auckland's waterfront over the past few years from a working waterfront to a mixed-used area as one of the best examples of urban regeneration and landscape architecture in the world.

The transformation of Jellicoe Street, North Wharf and Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter beat a number of other global projects, including the HighLine in New York, to win The Rosa Barba International Landscape Prize.

The prize was presented to Waterfront Auckland’s landscape architects on the project Taylor Cullity and Lethlean (Melbourne) and Wraight and Associates (Wellington/Auckland) at the International Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona on 27th September. 

Both consultancies were integral to the production of stage one of the Wynyard Quarter which has already picked up a number of international awards including the Excellence on the Waterfront award from the Waterfront Centre (USA) in 2012 and was a finalist at the World Architecture Festival in 2012.

Waterfront Auckland also won the Best Waterfront Project Award at the International Society of City and Regional Planning (ISOCARP) congress held in Gydnia, Poland.

The project was one of nine projects from around the world presented to an international jury as part of the Waterfront Planning Marathon competition. 

Waterfront Auckland was only given 10 minutes to communicate how it met the judging criteria which included: quality of urban planning and design; comprehensiveness; good links between city and water; innovation, creativity and uniqueness; enjoyment and profit of the general public; sustainability and improvement of the environment; economic viability and success where the work was already in place. 

Competitors included Basel, Switzerland and Antwerp, Belgium.

Waterfront Auckland Chief Executive John Dalzell says the awards are a credit to all those who helped in some way to shape a rarely visited former industrial part of the waterfront into a lively public space.

“From the local Government bodies that articulated a vision for Wynyard Quarter nearly a decade ago to our precursor agency Sea + City that got the development underway to our design and planning partners to the contractors that implemented the designs, these awards are a recognition of all their work”

“To have this acknowledged on the global stage is huge and it reinforces the feedback we’ve had through colleagues and the local public to date, that the Auckland waterfront is truly special and we have good reason to be proud of it and the great potential it holds for the future”

“The challenge now is to sustain this momentum and incorporate the approach that has been so successful in Wynyard Quarter into the revitalisation of the rest of the public parts of the waterfront and city centre.”