Client name: Orakei Local Board and Auckland Council

Site: 320-336 Riddell Road, Glendowie, Auckland 1071

Project overview: Auckland Council engaged Thomas Consultants to detail and deliver the concept design for a lookout space at Churchill Park. It is a large park in Glendowie that has a layered history but is currently managed as an urban farm. Previous to being a farm, the park was used as a golf course and the highest point within the park was home to a golf club house. This was demolished in recent years, but an asphalt driveway and pad remain. This is now also to be demolished and replaced with a designed lookout space inclusive of seating and shade.

Goal:  To create a place that highlights the sites impressive 360 ° views, informing visitors about the history of the site and inspiring reflection of this. Also, to provide seating and shade amenities and a place to rest within the park.

There are some significant landmarks and viewshafts around the lookout, such as; Karaka Bay, Rangitoto Island, Motukorea (Browns Island), Musick Point, Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve, Maungarei (Mount Wellington), and the City Centre.

Process:This project was picked up at developed design stage from Auckland Council design team, to carry through to detailed design and construction. Before this the concept had been developed and workshopped with the Ōrakei Local Board to a point where they were happy to progress it to detail design and then delivery. Mana whenua were also consulted on as partners for the project at various stages of the project

Outcome: Thomas Consultants are currently in the process of detailing and delivering this project, watch this space.

The value that Thomas Consultants team added: Detailed landscape design and construction delivery

Partners we worked with on the project: Auckland Council (specifically Community Facilities design team), Ōrakei Local Board, and Urban Effects (the seating manufacturers and suppliers)

Services provided:

Landscape Architecture Design Services

  • Detailed design and construction delivery, leading on from the concept design done at Auckland Council.

Project completion: May 2021

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park

Churchill Park