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Franklin Road Upgrade

Developing multi-modal transport solutions for the future of Auckland

  • $20M

    Project Value

  • 1.8KM

    Cycleway Constructed

  • 900M

    Stormwater Pipe Laid

  • Auckland, New Zealand

    Auckland, New Zealand

Rebuilding Franklin Road from the underground up

Franklin Road may be one of thousands of streets, but it’s an important one. It has iconic heritage buildings, hundred-year-old London plane trees, and a critical connector to Auckland’s central business district. Hundreds of people flock to see its famous Christmas lights every year.

But it was worn out and unsafe: the infrastructure was aged, and the road and footpath were in a terrible state, with tree roots creating hazards for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. It had to be rebuilt from the underground up, so Auckland Transport called on us. They needed a high-quality built environment with dedicated walking and cycling facilities as well as a new separated stormwater pipeline to reduce wastewater overflows to the harbour.

A first for Auckland, our detailed design reconfigured the corridor, adding Copenhagen-style cycle lanes, re-routing buses, upgrading utility services, and enhancing the sense of place through protecting the root systems of the London Plane trees, rationalising parking, and adding high quality hardscape materials. Also, our significant involvement in the stakeholder engagement process ensured there was a community liaison group for residents, businesses, and users to have their say.

We provided input into applications for heritage consents and stormwater approvals, and as engineer’s representative, we were responsible for providing technical support during construction.

With these upgrades, Franklin Road is now a lot safer and more pleasant for everyone in the area.

At a Glance

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  • Auckland Transport
Award
ACE Awards, Silver, 2020

Rebuilding Franklin Road from the underground up

Franklin Road is adorned with iconic heritage buildings, hundred-year-old London plane trees, and acts as a critical connector to Auckland’s CBD. But it's worn out and unsafe so we helped Auckland Transport rebuild it.

Meet Our Team

Nick Gluyas, ANZ Sector Leader, Transportation Delivery

In my role, I get to apply my technical skills every day, but I’m also able to contribute strategically at a regional level.
Nick Gluyas ANZ Sector Leader, Transportation Delivery Read More

Deepa Rooijakkers, Public Transportation Lead/Transport Advisory Team Lead

I’m passionate about public transport, and projects that pivot from car-centric transport systems to offering better travel options.
Deepa Rooijakkers Public Transportation Lead/Transport Advisory Team Lead Read More

Kirstie Thorpe, Senior Principal Landscape Architect/Urban Design

I weave threads of landscape together and incorporate their values into infrastructure projects.
Kirstie Thorpe Senior Principal Landscape Architect/Urban Design Read More

Nick Gluyas

ANZ Sector Leader, Transportation Delivery

Deepa Rooijakkers

Public Transportation Lead/Transport Advisory Team Lead

Kirstie Thorpe

Senior Principal Landscape Architect/Urban Design

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