Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland International Airport


Auckland International Airport, Auckland, New Zealand

Transformation of a poorly performing office park into a vibrant mixed commercial environment by realigning an existing meandering street into a formal central boulevard. Working alongside Woods (engineering) and McKenzie Parma (contractor), Common Ground had to realign major infrastructure routes including power and gas around existing buildings _ whilst ensuring the road remained open.

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The final design featured high-quality hardscape, innovative lighting and signage, and a range of landscape elements to create a pedestrian-centric environment that reinforced the Airport’s “Gateway to New Zealand” experience.

Common Ground Studio undertook and full Strategic Land Use Review and Framework Planning for AIAL between 2008-2012, specifically:

  • Land Use Review
  • Urban Design
  • Concept Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Design Supervision

Project Value:

$NZ 1.15M

Value of Services Provided:

$NZ 23,000 (2010)

Added Value:

  • Alignment of proposed masterplan development
  • Higher than anticipated pedestrian count
  • Attracted retail and higher-value tenancies
  • Facilitated development of new hotel
  • Re-alignment of road and services
  • Non-invasive traffic calming design
  • Active streetscape public realm concept
  • Low impact engineering (stormwater) design
  • High quality outcome , on-time, on-budget