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4 April

Public Open Day Flyer A3 Version 6

Manukau Bus Station public open day

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018
Time: 10am - 2pm

Featuring: Anuanua Dance Troupe, Static, Tihei Harawira, Soul Brown, Poetik, Razé, Puks Ovs, Tama-a-lva and RepFM DJ's.

Auckland Transport invites you to take a closer look at Manukau’s newest community asset and retail offerings.

Parking will be limited. Take a bus, train or bike to the event, the venue is just a short one minute walk from Manukau Train Station.

Find out how to get there with public transport

27 March

Auckland Transport’s soon to open Manukau Bus Station has been nominated for a Property Council New Zealand Award 2018. The nomination is under the Warren and Mahoney Civic and Arts Property Award category. Winners will be announced at a gala hosted by the Property Council on 15 June. 

Find out more about these awards

About Property Council New Zealand

Property Council New Zealand is a member-led, not-for-profit organisation offering a collective voice for the commercial property industry. Working closely with central and local government, Property Council advocates for quality urban growth that supports and enables strong national and local economies.

Watch time-lapse footage of construction during February and March 2018.

15 February

We have held the first bus trials, with bus operators and drivers checking out the new bus reversing system. Driver training is ongoing from the first week of February.

Putney Way works will get underway mid February, with the street upgrade programme finishing before the station's public opening in April.

Retail fit-outs are also due to start in mid February.

First buses at Manukau bus station

Image: First buses to enter the Manukau Bus Station.

Customer centre Manukau bus station

Image: New Customer Service Centre.

Manukau bus station new bike racks

Image: New bike racks and signage.

Manukau bus station east end concrete

Image: New concrete at the station's eastern end.

Davies Ave Manukau new footpath

Image: New footpath on Davies Avenue.

31 January

Watch time-lapse footage of construction during December 2017 and January 2018.


23 December

Construction updates

Scheduled bus services began operating from the Manukau bus station on Sunday 10 December, in conjunction with the launch of the New Network for East Auckland.

The southern side of the site was completed early with shelters, lighting, security cameras, and planting all finished in time for the new service to begin.

The bus station building will be mostly complete by the end of the year. After Christmas, new retail and a restaurant/café will be created inside the building.

Streetscape works next to the bus station on Putney Way, Davies Ave, and Osterley Way will continue until the end of January 2018 when this area will be open for public use while Putney Way is upgraded.

The first bus leaving Manukau bus station on 10 December 2017

The Putney Way upgrade begins at the end of January 2018

Putney Way is about to be transformed to a more attractive, modern urban environment with an exciting new transport hub adding to the mix of popular cafés and businesses.

We will be installing better, environmentally-friendly drainage and then raise the road level to be flush with the pavement before resurfacing the road and pavements.

The new drainage will incorporate a raingarden to treat water before it goes into the stormwater system. We will also install new furniture, lighting and planting.

Putney Way will still remain open for business although the street itself will close at the end of January 2018 for 2 months for construction. We expect work to be completed by the beginning of April 2018.

Find out more in the December newsletter (PDF 1.3MB, 2 pages)

21 December

30 October

October newsletter

Get more construction details in the October newsletter (PDF 2.7MB)

12 October

The end is in sight for the new bus station. We are putting on the finishing touches and cannot wait for the public to start using this fantastic facility.

We invited some members of the media to visit the station earlier this week. Read what Jarred Williamson from had to say.

Full size, full spec S5A prototype sign in for review.

Image: Highlight of last week was getting the full size, full spec S5A prototype sign in for review. Big and informative.

Slow but steady transformation of the western wing of the MBS. Ceiling done, floor polished

Image: Slow but steady transformation of the western wing of the MBS. Ceiling done, floor polished, tactiles in (not shown)

Tenancy space 3 (behind the curved wall) ready for glass and cladding

Image: Tenancy space 3 (behind the curved wall) ready for glass and cladding – afterwards, we will lock the door and wait for a tenant.

4 October

This week, our project team hosted members of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board on a construction site visit.

MBS local board site visit 2

Image (from left): Navmeet Kaur (AT Infrastructure Development Engineer), Ian Kingston (AT Principal Project Manager), Apulu Reece Autagavaia (Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Member), Dai Bindoff (AT Communications), Dawn Trenberth (Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Member) Kennethn Tuai (AT Elected Member Relationship Manager), Ashraf Choudhary (Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Member), Rob Fa’ata (AT Stakeholder Relationship Advisor), Albert Scott (Local Board Advisor - Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board).

2 October

18 September

  • The new bus station structure and concrete slab are now complete.
  • The roof is on and the exterior glazing is almost complete. 
  • Work is continuing on the interior fit-out, bus operating area, and external soffits, and the Putney Way footpath, rain gardens, and landscaping.

Upcoming work

Over the next 2 months, we will be creating the new bus entry from Osterley Way and completing some necessary services connections.

This may cause some disruption for pedestrians, but we will do our best to minimise any inconvenience. Signs for alternative routes will be clearly displayed.

Latest project newsletter

Get more construction details in the September newsletter (PDF 332KB)

Manukau bus station overview week 44

Image: An overview of the new station.

Manukau bus station exterior

Image: Progress is being made on the bus operating area.

Manukau bus station ceiling construction

Image: Fitting the interior plywood ceilings.

28 August

The majority of the roof and the glass façade around the building's perimeter have now been installed. This means the station building is largely watertight so internal finishing works can begin.

This includes installing services such as power and data cables, installing and painting wall finishes such as gib board and laminam, bathroom fit-outs, and internal glass walls.

The site is very busy along the northern and southern boundaries where large rain gardens have been excavated and are being built. These will treat and control the stormwater runoff around the bus station.

The pavement along the bus operations area to the south of the site is being prepared for the pouring of concrete, starting early September.

Manukau Bus Station 25-8-17

Get more updates in the August newsletter (PDF 1.3MB)

7 August

Latest construction images

Manukau Station 01 08 17 interior

Bus waiting area where each bus bay will have dedicated seating.

Manukau Station 01 08 17 interior2

28 July

Construction images

Manukau station construction panorama

Panorama of the bus bays towards the station building.

Manukau station façade glazing

Northern façade glazing going in.

Manukau station steel truss window

New Decortech plywood soffit, steel truss, and windows.

Putney Way construction

The start of Putney Way South. Excavation of the raingardens will begin soon.

14 July

Putney Way detour until December

Putney Way is now a one-way street to give the bus station project access on the southern side of Putney Way.

  • Traffic flow is maintained in a west-to-east direction (from MIT towards Westfield).
  • Traffic cannot enter Putney Way, where it intersects Osterley Way, from the west.
  • Bus stops on Putney Way are retained and in normal use.
  • Carparks on the northern side of Putney Way are retained and in normal use.
  • Carparks on the southern side of Putney Way have been removed.

See a map of the detour (PDF 348KB)

The detour will be in place until at least December 2017.

10 July

Check out this time-lapsed footage of construction during June and July 2017.

30 June

Construction updates

  • The roofing is approximately 40% complete.
  • The first sections of glass façade have been installed.

View down the line of the future sheltered bus bays towards the MIT period

Image: View down the line of the future sheltered bus bays towards MIT.

Birds eye view of the construction site showing 9 of the 12 angled roof planes

Image: Birds eye view of the construction site showing 9 of the 12 saw tooth roof panels.

Structural steel trusses will be glazed and exposed inside the bus station building allowing natural light to enter

Image: Structural steel trusses will be glazed and exposed inside the bus station building allowing natural light to enter.

The first sections of the glass façade being installed. The gaps in the glass show where the automatic doors will be installed for each individual bus bay

Image: The first sections of the glass façade being installed. The gaps in the glass show where the automatic doors will be installed for each individual bus bay.

The glazing supplier and installer Thermosash with their ‘spider’ installing large glass wall sections

Image: The glazing supplier and installer Thermosash with their ‘spider’ installing large glass wall sections.

29 June

Putney Way car park will be closed until further notice starting from 29 June 2017 to allow for construction of new footpath/entrance to Manukau Bus Station.

23 June

Watch a drone fly over the construction work on the Manukau Bus Station during June 2017.

26 May

Check out this time-lapsed footage of construction during April and May 2017.

8 May

The project is progressing well. Completing most of the important foundation work last month now sees us coming out of the ground. Over the next 2 months, you will be able to see rapid progress as the new station takes form.

Getting the roofing material on before the coming winter months will be important so the interior work can continue in parallel to ongoing civil works outside the building's footprint.

Aerial view of Manukau bus station worksite

Image: The view from above. The structural steel for individual roof sections is in progress. Cantilevered and covered bus bays are in the foreground of the structure.

Manukau bus station structural steel & truss

Image: Structural steel members and truss system. The exposed trusses will be glazed and allow natural light to enter the bus station.

Mankau bus station steel

Image: Structural steel waiting to be erected. 

21 April

Construction updates

Manukau station foundation work

Image: Installation of foundation reinforcing.

  • The concrete ground beams (shallow building foundations) have been poured over conduits in a grid layout. On top of these a concrete slab will be poured.
  • Heavy machinery will be used to pour concrete under the Manukau Institute of Technology canopy and there may be some extra noise during the day.
  • Structural steel is currently being delivered in batches and is being installed. The steel will be put in place from the MIT (west) end of the site to the east.
  • Installation of trusses (triangular fabricated beams) is ongoing.
  • The station roof will be constructed onsite and, like the structural steel, will be installed from the west end to the east, thereby creating sections of the building sheltered from the elements. This will allow interior work to commence in the winter months.

Get more updates in the April 2017 project newsletter (PDF 288KB)

13 February 

Lime stabilisation works

Lime stabilisation work will be carried out at Manukau Bus Station from 13 - 17 February (weather-depending).

Our contractor, NZ Strong, have a process for ensuring lime dust is carefully managed and kept to a minimum. 

If you do notice a layer of dust on your vehicle, we recommend you hose it down at the end of the day. 

Early morning works

Some early morning works will start on 13 February as part of the main construction of the Manukau Bus Station project. 

The early starts (between 6am and 7pm) will allow concrete to be poured. Due to the nature of the work, some noise is expected. Works will comply with the approved construction management plan, with the following conditions:

  • There will be 10-15 days over the next three months will require a 6am start on site. This means there will generally be one early start per week (but on some weeks there may be two).
  • The concrete pouring will always be during the working week (Monday to Friday).
  • Concrete pouring will generally require one concrete pump and one concrete truck, which will start work at 6am.
  • A plan has been developed to ensure vehicle movements are minimal and noise is also kept to a minimum.


23 December

Work at bus station site has now shut down for the year. Construction resumes on 9 January 2017.

We can reflect on good progress on some important works:

  • Piling testing and asbestos removal works are now complete.
  • Utility works including watermain relocation, gas relocation, sewer main installation and new stormwater installation have also been completed at the Davies Ave end of the site.
  • Construction works will soon start on the foundations for the canopy between the Manukau train station/MIT building.

manukau station earthworks

Image: Preload, piling and earthworks at the site.

manukau station excavation

Image: Excavation works.

When construction resumes our contractor, NZ Strong, will carry out these works:

  • Complete installation of sand drains on the southern side of the site (90% complete).
  • Excavation for the ground beams and services for the bus station building.
  • Relocation of the pre-load material from the north to the south side of the site.

These safety measures are in place to ensure pedestrian safety:

  • The site has now been fully fenced off, with signs in place to guide pedestrians around the area.
  • The speed limit on Davies Avenue was reduced to 30km/h in November and will be reduced at various times in early 2017.

Our contractor will attempt to minimise disruption to pedestrians through the duration of construction.

Download the December 2016 project newsletter (PDF 416KB)

13 December

The existing watermain will be shut down from 11.30pm on Thursday 15 December until 4am on Friday 16 December. During this outage the new watermain will be connected to Watercare's network. 

Watercare will notify affected residents and businesses and will cater for any after-hours commercial water needs. 

15 November

Work is starting this week on the foundations for the canopy between the Manukau train station/MIT building and the new bus station.

There will be machinery on the MIT side of Davies Avenue and the site will be fenced off, with signs in place to guide pedestrians around the area. The speed limit on Davies Ave will be reduced to 30km/h until 25 November and at various times in early 2017.

The work is expected to be completed by the middle of 2017.

24 October

Main construction work on the Manukau bus station starts this week. AT has selected NZ Strong as the main contractor for the project.

27 September

View this fly through of Manukau bus station, due for completion and opening in 2017.

26 July 

The "enabling construction" works (site preparation for the main construction work) will finish in early August. 

We will soon start a tendering process for a contractor to carry out the main construction work and expect the tender to be awarded by October.

Download the July 2016 project newsletter (PDF 936KB)

30 May

In addition to construction hours from 7.30am to 6pm on weekdays, construction work will also be carried out on Saturdays, between 7.30am to 6pm.

Work scheduled for the coming weeks:

  • Lime stabilisation work to provide a solid base beneath the future station building and bus operating area.
  • Installation of a new stormwater management and sewer system.
  • Installation of pre-load material and sand drains to allow land settlement and remove water from below ground level. The pre-load material will be in place over the winter period, and then removed once settlement has occurred.

Download the May 2016 project newsletter (PDF 292KB)

5 May

Asbestos will be removed from the north-east corner of the Manukau bus station construction site, on the corner of Putney Way and Davies Avenue, from Friday 6 May 2016 to Saturday, 7 May 2016.

The following will be in place:

  • Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians at the corner of Putney Way and Davies Avenue.
  • They will manage entry to the site through the use of fencing and signage.
  • They will manage dust by wetting down the area during excavation and using air monitors on the site boundary.
  • Their own staff will have protective gear on: masks, disposable overalls and gloves.
  • Their staff and plant will undergo decontamination before leaving the removal area.
  • They will test the remaining soil to ensure it is free from asbestos, before removing these controls.

This is a standard procedure at construction sites and there is little risk to anyone with all these controls in place.

28 April

From early May, new parking charges will be introduced for the car park at the Manukau Civic Building (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way).

  • There will be a $5 flat fee for each 12-hour period you are parked after 6pm weekdays and on weekends.
  • The $5 fee will be charged for periods from 6am to 6pm and from 6pm to 6am (so if you park from 6am to 6am, you will pay $10).
  • Use of the car park during weekdays (6am to 6pm) is reserved for AT and Auckland Council staff only.
  • Parking is pay and display. Vehicles not displaying a valid ticket will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Access to the car park has also changed: to enter the car park, turn left from Manukau Station Road and to exit, turn left onto Manukau Station Road.

See a map of the car park and access routes (PDF 40KB)

Note that U-turns are not allowed at the intersections with Manukau Station Road and Davies Avenue and Osterley Way.

21 March

Construction photos of Manukau Bus Station

Aerial view of the Manukau Bus Station construction

Manukau Bus Station construction

Manukau Bus Station construction photo

Manukau Bus Station construction

14 March

  • The removal of traffic islands and trees within the carpark area has been completed.
  • The existing carpark lights will be removed as required in the coming weeks.
  • Noisy works can be expected with the continuation of breaking up of the concrete islands and milling the existing asphalt, however this will be contained within the hours of 7am and 7pm.

Map Of Manukau Bus Stop Change

Temporary bus stop closure

From Wednesday 16 March, bus stop #2179 at Putney Way will close. It will be relocated a few steps away at Davies Avenue outside the Manukau Train Station/Manukau Institute of Technology building.

Image: Map of the old and new bus stop locations.

Download the March 2016 project newsletter (PDF 152KB)

29 February

  • Tree removal works will start tomorrow, Tuesday, 1 March 2016.
  • A traffic management plan will be in place reducing Putney Way to one lane controlled by Stop / Go when required which will temporarily remove car parks on the south side of the road (same car parks will be reinstated the following day).
  • The footpath will remain closed due to service works starting 1 March 2016 with pedestrians directed by site signage to utilise the footpath on the other side of Putney Way.

Download the traffic management plan for Manukau bus station (PDF 688KB)

19 February

Enabling works for the new station will start this weekend and will take 3 months to complete. The work will cover earthworks, services, and creating a new entrance off Manukau Station Rd.

General hours of work are 7am - 7pm, Monday to Friday, however certain activities may require night work.

Works will occupy a former car park site between Manukau Station Road, Davies Avenue, Putney Way and Osterley Way. There will be some truck movement and noise associated with the work.

12 February

The groundbreaking ceremony for Manukau Bus Station will take place today. 


23 November

Public consultation on the design of the Manukau bus station closed on Friday, 20 November 2015.

2 November

AT has developed concept design plans for the proposed new Manukau bus station and public feedback will help us make an informed decision.

For more information 

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