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Retail & Mixed Use


Auckland City Council’s Urban Design Team engaged Construkt to prepare this study to demonstrate to a large land owner how their plans for a very large format retail store could be modified to present a better urban design outcome for the city.

The retailer’s Balmoral site of 2.4 hectares adjoins a proposed passenger transport hub and a very intact cluster of Edwardian era shops.

The major design challenge was to successfully integrate the large retail “box” and its associated car parking by “sleeving” it with smaller scaled retail and commercial outlets.  The under-utilised rear of the existing shops becomes cafes and shops fronting a new plaza and transport hub that is both interesting and human in scale.

Four levels of residential accommodation occur over the ground level completing a truly mixed-use environment.


Concept Design


Balmoral, Auckland