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The state-of-the-art $49 million Manukau Bus Station was opened in April

Manukau Bus Station recognised for architectural excellence

Already the recipient of a prestigious Auckland Architecture Award from the New Zealand Institute of Architects, the recently-opened Manukau Bus Station has been shortlisted for an award at the World Architecture Festival.


The state-of-the-art $49 million Manukau Bus Station was opened in April by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and represents a significant investment in a joined-up public transport system for Auckland.

The station’s design, described by Mr Goff as a “stand-out architectural addition to Manukau, representing high environmental standards”, has seen it nominated for a number of industry awards, including a civic and arts award at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards in June.

It was the sole winner in the public architecture category at the Auckland Architecture Awards held in May, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and has since been nominated for an award in the ‘transport – completed buildings’ category at the World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Amsterdam in November.

Auckland Transport (AT) chief infrastructure officer Greg Edmonds says he is delighted that AT’s flagship infrastructure project has already received high recognition. “Working together with mana whenua was a significant part of the design and construction of the bus station. The use of natural timber, prominent iwi creative expressions and Te Aranga Design Principles, that guided the design of the vital stormwater management system and the natural ventilation systems, has proven to be environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost-effective.”

Integrating culture and function

The Auckland Architecture Awards are part of a programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA). The programme sets the benchmark for the country’s buildings and recognises the contribution of architects to their towns and communities.

Rick Pearson, this year’s awards jury convenor, says, “Infrastructural projects, such as the Manukau Bus Station, where culture and function are integrated so that the architecture is meaningful, as well as cleverly planned, impress us. From the metaphor of a kite has been created a lovely, light floating structure.”

The project was designed by Beca Architects and Cox Davies, and includes a 23-bay bus station, located next to the existing Manukau Train Station which improves passenger transfer between bus-bus and bus-rail services, food/beverage and retail outlets, bike parking racks, taxi parking and a drop-and-ride area.

Up to 470 urban buses arrive at the Manukau Bus Station per weekday, and inter-regional coach services use the station to provide customers with a seamless connection with the public transport network and the airport.

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