Ormiston Town Centre

On February 29, 2012 by Eye on Auckland

The new Ormiston Town Centre plan.

Formerly known as Flat Bush Town Centre, the new plan by Todd Property Group Ltd promises to be unique. The master plan has been finalised and its staged construction is likely to begin in the first half of 2013. The town centre will cover 19 hectares of land on the eastern side of the Ormiston Bridge and will be developed into an “integrated” town centre complete with housing, retail outlets, commercial property and community facilities including an aquatic centre and library. The project is estimated to carry a $500 million price tag and is expected to be completed between 2019 and 2022. Todd Property managing director Evan Davies says when finished the town centre will look completely different to other recently developed areas in Auckland. The greenfields development means instead of building around existing structures and infrastructure a whole new plan could be embarked upon. ”It’s a unique opportunity to set a new benchmark,” he says. The development will include between 500 and 700 medium density houses likely to be priced in the $500,000 to $600,000 range. The model of vast structures surrounded by a sea of carparks is no longer what people are asking for, Mr Davies says. ”We’ll attempt to create a version of the old neighbourhood centres scattered around Auckland – it will be a 21st century version of the Mt Eden village.”  I personally love the sound of that.

Aerial photograph.

Context Plan.

Illustrative Masterplan.

Library, cultural and Civic facilities.

Main Street.

Civic Square.

7 Responses to “Ormiston Town Centre”

  • Suffrage

    I love this bit “The model of vast structures surrounded by a sea of carparks is no longer what people are asking for”. That’s the way of the future in Auckland.

  • L VdW

    I would like the town planners to remember that they also have big plans for more housing in Beachlands, which means more traffic coming over the hill into Ormiston rd on top of the 50 plus thousand new occupants who will be living in Ormiston. For people living in the Whitford, Beachlands and the Maraetai area, Ormiston rd is the main route to the motorway and the road should be a main thoroughfare with minimal side roads as it slows down the traffic like it does on Te Irirangi drive. Have we not learnt from past mistakes like Ti Rakau drive and all the work that is now having to take place around Mt wellington, Panmure and Pakuranga? And what is the cost to us rate payers! Plan for the long term future!!!

  • AbelTasman

    Not much is mentioned about public transport, I would like to see more regarding this issue but overall it looks great on paper.

  • Bryce

    Whilst noble in it’s aims I think it is a balls up. Ormiston Road it going to get much busier than it already is and where are the public transport links? In my humble opinion, the town centre should be off to the side of Ormiston Road or, put Ormiston Road into a trench and allow room for an eventual tram / light rail link, and then build the town centre over it.

    • CourtneyMae

      I absolutley love your comment on public transport. I personally live directly across from where the future Ormiston Town Centre is going to be and the only public transport in that particular area is the bus. Personally I would love the Eastern areas to have their own train/ tram line which could then connect with the main train line.

  • Bryce

    Oh, and Botany was built on greenfield as well and we all know how well that turned out for pedestrians…..

  • Mike

    I can see nothing in this plan about inclusive housing that allows for disabilities. I for one would like to live there, and could afford to, but if it doesn’t cater to my disability using universal design principles and having lifts in medium density apartments it will be a disappointment.

    Beachlands/Maraetai does need a better connection to the motorway than through Ormiston Rd.

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