A new seawall to help tackle erosion at Algies Bay was completed late last month.
The project was initiated by the Rodney Local Board and cost $1.6 million.
Finishing work on the southern side of the Algies Bay boat ramp completes the entire seawall. The northern side was finished several years ago.
Board chair Beth Houlbrooke says public consultation helped shape the project.
“People love the foreshore and now it is protected for years to come,” she says.
“This iconic seawall offers protection, a place to walk or just sit and relax while enjoying magnificent views out over the bay.”
Construction took seven months and features:
• A seawall consisting of 47 metres of rock masonry with a height range of 1.5m to 2.1m.
• A series of timber retaining walls stepping down the reserve’s slope starting behind the seawall.
• A landscaped keystone wall located at the southern end of the reserve.
• A path network across two levels; with the lower path connecting the esplanade reserves and the higher path and steps connecting to the car park, playground and lower path.
• Five picnic tables, additional seating built into the retaining walls and a drinking fountain.
Rehabilitation work on Gordon Craig Place, above the seawall, is also complete.
Auckland Council community facilities head of project delivery John Schermbrucker was asked to comment on why a South Auckland rather than a local contractor was engaged for the car park works.
Mr Schermbrucker said all Council procurement rules were followed to ensure Council got value for money.
“This car park was tendered as a bundle – the other car park being Matheson Bay. The tender was in line with the engineer’s estimate, the contractor was available to start when required and they have performed great work elsewhere,” he said.