Urban Auckland

Urban Auckland is a trust that monitors and comments on the quality of urban and architectural design in Central Auckland.

It is not attached to any private company or professional body.

This gives it a freedom – as well as the strong desire – to act.

Urban Auckland’s origins were with the ‘Rethink Britomart’ campaign which resulted in the Britomart we have today not the demolition of the area and new high rise park that was originally proposed.

The society was formed in 2000 to take court action against Auckland City Council and the development company AMP opposing the non-notified resource consent to what is now the Price Waterhouse Cooper building on Quay Street. In setting the case the ground and mezzanine floors were redesigned and changed from what would have been an empty private space to a lively public place on Auckland’s waterfront. Auckland City Council agreed to establish an Urban Design Panel for major developments within the CBD.

The society’s work includes: Submissions to the Select Committee on the Auckland Council Amalgamation.

Successfully acted in mediation to change the design of the Spirit of Adventure Trust building on Princes Wharf to maintain a prominent visual and physical public entry to the wharf.

Took and won a High Court case against Auckland City Council and Norfolk Trustee Company Ltd for failing to notify a proposal to develop a 39 storey apartment tower around the St James Theatre on Queen Street.

Located opposite Aotea Square and within the main civic precinct of Auckland City the focus of the society’s case was that the council did not properly consider the effect design of this building will have on one of the most important urban spaces within the country.