The Public Love Tunnels

If there is one thing that the public love, it is being let in to a secret underground space, to go boldly where no one has gone before… And last weekend, Wellington was allowed to venture into the giant slice through the earth that the NZTA call the Memorial Park underpass. At present it is just a large cut in the ground, but the base slab is under preparation, and soon they will start to work on the walls, and eventually the roof over.
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Thousands visited – sadly, no record was kept of how many went through, but you can judge by the photos Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 29th November 2013
Under: Basin Reserve issues, News | 1 Comment »

Underpass update

NZTA continues digging the underpass tunnel below the future Memorial Park: pictures enclosed.
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The route through is now almost complete from end to end, open for the first time ever, direct from Taranaki St right through to the Basin. It is a busy worksite, clogged full of diggers, excavators, soil-nailers, trucks, and still: an awful lot of rich brown clay. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27th August 2013
Under: Basin Reserve issues, Comment, News | 2 Comments »

Memorial Parkway

As slow as government departments move, when they really want to move fast, they can. Free from all the hassle and moans and gripes of legitimate public concern, such as the Resource Consent process, the Building Consent process, an Archaeological dig etc, in order to get the Memorial Park complete by April 2015, a new NZTA road has leapt into place, skirting round the back of the (once) sacred turf of the Memorial green space. You’ll be driving on it by Christmas…

If you are interested in knowing more about the works around the Basin Reserve and the Memorial Park, then click on the words BASIN RESERVE either here, or up top in the menu. You’ll find a whole lot of back catalogue information on what we call Option X.
First up was the country’s biggest / fastest Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10th December 2012
Under: Architectural History, Basin Reserve issues, Comment | No Comments »

Memorial Park

The Prime Minister has announced today that the Memorial Park is to be a Park, and not a motorway. Hooray for common sense, good taste, sensible planning, appropriate responses, and joined up thinking.

There has evidently been a fair bit of quiet contemplative thought going on Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 7th August 2012
Under: Memorial Park Competition, News | 13 Comments »

Vote X

The Friday 26 August deadline for submissions to NZTA regarding the Wellington inner-city transport projects is getting closer. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24th August 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 12 Comments »

Memorial Car Park

Since the unveiling of the NZTA schemes for around the Basin now almost a month ago, we have been having a good look at their back issues – the NZTA publications that they have been storing up away from prying eyes. Now, however, a good number of them have been published and are available on line.
One of the more interesting things unveiled, is the plan of the work for the Memorial Park. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24th July 2011
Under: Comment | 5 Comments »

The Public needs a real choice: Option X

The NZTA have proposed options for redeveloping the roading of the Basin Reserve.  But these are not really options. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 21st July 2011
Under: Basin Reserve issues | 50 Comments »