Project timeline and construction updates

Keep up to date with how the project is going, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.

13 July 2020 Planting begins

Planting of hardy native coastal plants started this week as part of landscaping the seaward side of Cobham Drive. The first plants have gone in at the Evans Bay Parade end in places where the construction work is complete.

Thousands of locally sourced seedlings have been raised for the project and these will be planted over several winters. The hardiest plants are going in first and these will provide shelter for smaller seedlings.

19 June 2020 Bike path asphalting complete More Less

Contractors finish asphalting the bike path along Cobham Drive. 

15 June 2020 Coastal protection work More Less

Coastal protection work to help strengthen the most vulnerable section of Cobham Drive from erosion and storm damage started this week.

We're doing this work as part of the Cobham Drive project due to increasing erosion on part of the coastal edge near the new walking and biking paths. 

Over the next five months, a 400m-long sloping rock bank – or revetment – will be built along the foreshore between Troy Street and Calabar Road.

This land was reclaimed in the 1950s using old demolition materials like concrete, brick and steel. We're now removing as much of this material as possible and replacing it with clean rock fill.

The nooks and crannies in the new banks will provide more secure and appealing places for kororā (little blue penguins) to nest and moult.

Once the coastal protection work is complete, the adjacent construction compound will be removed, and the public car park area near Troy Street will be redeveloped and reopened. Finishing touches over the winter include planting thousands of hardy coastal native plants.

1 June 2020: Landscaping around the wind sculptures More Less

Large rocks are placed around Akau Tangi (one of the wind sculptures) as part of the landscaping work. There will also be seats and bike parking so people can stop and enjoy the views.

8 May 2020: Evans Bay Marina viewing platform complete More Less

Construction of the viewing platform at Evan Bay Marina is now complete, and landscaping around the platform is underway.