Our way with water
09 February 2024
Three of our key projects working with water...
As the organisation responsible for leading Auckland Council’s urban regeneration activity, it’s always been our aim to show leadership in sustainability and to encourage an environmentally conscious philosophy by both developers and the community residing in our neighbourhoods.
“It’s about working with natural systems, not against them.”Eke Panuku Development Auckland Principal Regenerative Design Lead
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Construction included many sustainable design features including a low-impact stormwater system - which treats run-off from the street, park and adjacent development sites. This was particularly helpful during the Auckland flooding in 2023 when neighbouring areas experienced waist-high water and Wynyard Quarter did not.
Many of the laneway’s design features reflect a commitment to supporting sustainability, with burrow planters acting as small rain gardens, a real-life garden beneath the ground that allows the nikau grove and other greenery to flourish, and grooves carved into the laneway to form ‘purposeful puddles’ that rise and fall with the tides and provide an opportunity for play.
There are also hundreds of grey masonry blocks which have been used to create a drain just below street level, to drain away stormwater.”
Despite the often-harsh weather conditions, the Daldy street raingardens are thriving and serving as valuable pollution and flooding protection.
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