New Lynn Town Center, Auckland


Waitakere City Council / Auckland City

In early 2000 New Lynn was a town centre in strife.  Poor business and social indicators including high crime levels was undermining the viability of the area.  The then Waitakere City Council approached Common Ground to develop a regeneration strategy that would leverage the planned double tracking and electrification of the rail line to create a major urban growth node and TOD (Transit Oriented Development) within the City.

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Work focused on development of a Strategic Framework and was followed by a conceptual plan for the town centre that gave physical effect to the vision and strategy.  Common Ground identified five distinct project areas each featuring major urban interventions that could be implemented independently and validated specific infrastructure programmes.

The scale of outcomes proposed was substantially higher than anything ever considered yet an inclusive management approach, underpinned by extensive, proactive stakeholder engagement resulted in robust and widely accepted outcomes.  Even before the end of the process a number of significant redevelopment commitments by both public and private sector had been announced.

  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Land use Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Development Modelling
  • Masterplanning
  • Architectural Guidance
  • Public Realm Frameworks

Project Value:

$NZ 500M (2008)
Value of Services Provided:

$NZ 205,000

Added Value:

  • Comprehensive development strategies
  • Infrastructure investment as catalyst for development
  • Immediate redevelopment commitments
  • Sustained on-going development programmes
  • Strategic Framework for the urban regeneration of New Lynn Town Centre
  • High level of stakeholder engagement & consultation
  • Development Frameworks for 5 precincts
  • Development Modelling
  • Conceptual Masterplan
  • Public realm frameworks
  • Architectural guidance