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Manukau bus station project updates

Read all the project updates for Manukau bus station.


26 May 2017

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

8 May 2017

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.

Read the media release: Foundation work begins on the Manukau Bus Station canopy.

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.

Read the media release: Main construction work starting on Manukau bus station.

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. Read the media release: New station to better connect public transport


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.

Read the media release: New bus station for Manukau.

For more information 

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