Taumanu Reserve, on Onehunga foreshore in Auckland

Taumanu Reserve, on Onehunga foreshore in Auckland

One of the vital components of effective engineering and a major part of any project is, communication.

The most innovative design is meaningless if it doesn't solve the problem or the community doesn't want, use or like it.

The Onehunga Foreshore Restoration Project (OFRP) in Auckland is an example of how well it can work out when the technical experts engage with the community to find out what is really important to them.

Tonkin + Taylor was part of the Fulton Hogan led team that liaised with the people of Onehunga and local Iwi to design and construct Taumanu Reserve and restore access to the Onehunga Foreshore that was lost when SH20 was built across the Bay in the 1970s.  

The Planning Team's tireless commitment to consultation meant all concerns were addressed without litigation, saving Auckland Council considerable Environment Court costs and project delays. 

The spirit of collaboration turned community aspirations into tangible environmental benefits, including significant water quality improvements at Onehunga Bay.

Taumanu Reserve was delivered to Auckland Council, NZTA and most importantly the people of Auckland in November 2015.