Ponsonby Park+ June Update

The good news just keeps coming!

The Community-Led Design (CLD) group is delighted that Marina Van den Berg has been appointed as the council project manager for the development of Ponsonby Park+, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road. This is great news! By the time of publication, the CLD group will have met with Marina to continue our community engagement role.

The next tranche of work is to meet the Start Work deadline of 1 July 2023 for Stage One of the development. This will include;

1. Developed Design
Currently, we have the multi-award-winning Park+ concept design* by LandLAB. This concept design will be developed to be consent ready.  Council has already completed the site survey so design development work is ready to start now.

2. Resource Consent 
Once the design development work is completed, an application for Resource Consent can be lodged with Council. Happily, this consenting can be prioritised. 

3. Detailed Design
Detailed Design and Technical drawings are then developed including the EDA – ‘Engineering Planning Approval’ work.

4. Building Consent
An application for Building Consent is lodged with Council.

5. Tenders
Tender Drawings are issued and the contract is awarded.

6. Community consultation
Any additional consultation needed will happen during the course of this workstream.

7. Start Work on site 1 July 2023.

The Community-Led Design group is a valuable asset to, and an integral part of the process of developing Ponsonby Park+, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road. Indeed, it was the CLD group that resolved the impasse that enabled the project to progress to the delivery stage that is now underway. We will continue to be your voice in the delivery by maintaining our community awareness work.

“In a world with increasingly complex problems, collaboration is essential.  PARK+ is LandLAB’s winning entry into the Ponsonby Park design competition held in late 2017. This project pilots a new model for community-led engagement, a design-led process, and interdisciplinary collaboration beyond a ‘business as usual’ consultation process”. 

Our volunteer CLD group has always been motivated by the belief that Ponsonby Park will be a wonderful community amenity, meeting existing needs, as well as being an exemplar of community engagement, design excellence, and delivery. 

Bring it on!

(An opportunity for the existing building at 254 Ponsonby Road, is for the Toy Library to relocate into part of it. We understand this option is being explored by the Waitematā Local Board and the CLD group is in full support of this proposal.)

*Awards: NZILA Award of Excellence in Unbuilt Visionary (2019), World Architecture News (WAN) Future Projects: Civic Award Winner (2018), World Architecture Festival (WAF) Civic Future Project Award Finalist (2018) 

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