Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path (Section 1)

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Section 1 of this project involved the design of a two way 1.6 km long shared pathway to Universal Design standards between Merton Road to St Johns Road.

    Location: Auckland, New Zealand
    Region: Asia Pacific
    Service Offering: Engineering & Design
    Market Sector: Transportation
    Status: Stage 1 of 4 is Complete

    Auckland Transport and NZ Transport Agency who each have a role in funding, planning, consenting and implementing the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path have both engaged MWH to provide a range of services required to deliver the 7 km Shared Path to a Cycle Metro standard as part of Auckland’s Cycle Network and the Urban Cycleway programme.

    The first section being delivered is 1.6 km long section from Merton Road (Glen Innes Train Station) to the St Johns Road/Apirana Avenue intersection. Section 1 runs over land owned by the Crown or by the Auckland Council (Apirana Reserve).  Much of the land had been earmarked for a transport route since the late 1950s and had been used for horse grazing and was largely undeveloped.  The terrain presented some challenging gradients to overcome to cater for both pedestrians and cyclists and provide universal access.

    The design in Section 1 includes a 4m – 4.5 m wide concrete path with two short timber and concrete bridges for the stream crossings, a large mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) embankment and other smaller cut batters and fill embankments retaining walls. The path has been benched to provide universal access which meets the disability standard and will enable all of the community to make use of the shared pathway. It will also help control cyclist speed, while providing rest areas on the uphill grades for both pedestrians and cyclists. Lighting is provided along the route with fencing to separate the horses from the path users.  The landscaping design of the path includes riparian enhancement planting in the vicinity of the stream crossings and other amenity and mitigation planting in the proximity of the Felton Mathew Avenue residential properties that back on to the path.

    MWH was engaged by AT to undertake the scheme investigation and preparation of a Scheme Assessment Report for the whole route and as part of that to assess the alternatives available to deliver the outcome. Services provided in this phase included topographical survey, geotechnical investigation, preliminary investigation of potential contamination.  Staff from MWH participated in workshops with stakeholders presenting design information and updates on progress and attended the public open days.

    For Section 1 MWH delivered the  alignment and design of the path. As part of the design work MWH staff have undertaken a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Assessment and used specialist safety knowledge. MWH was also instructed by NZTA to prepare the necessary applications under the RMA to consent the works. MWH’s planners prepared the application documents and worked with the team of internal and external technical experts to assess the application and prepare the Assessment of Environmental Effects.

    NZTA also engaged MWH to provide assistance with tendering assessment and construction monitoring for the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path in an MSQA role. This included providing support to NZTA at the Interactive Tendering Meeting and following the closure of the tender period providing assistance with the evaluation and subsequent reporting, responded to tender clarifications and attending interactive meetings. MWH prepared and issued six Notice to Tenderers during the tender period.


    • Management Surveillance & Quality Assurance of Physical Works
    • Detailed Design
    • Resource Management Consenting
    • Construction Supervision
    • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Scheme Investigation and Assessment
    • Assessment of Environmental Effects
    • Topographical Survey
    • Geotechnical Investigation
    • Contamination Investigation
    • Ecological Assessment
    • Stormwater management
    • Structural design



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