Consultancy and Monitoring
Health & Safety
Trees and cycleways are both major players in the greenspace, health and sustainability realm. The Grafton Gulley Cycleway project is the newest initiative to be successfully delivered to keen walking and cycling Aucklanders. The NZ Transport Agency is working with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to connect the Northwestern cycleway to the waterfront right in the heart of Auckland City. The Northwestern Cycleway is one of the most popular cycleways in Auckland, with over 700 people on average using it each day. The existing route is approximately 9 kilometres in length and generally follows the alignment of the North-western Motorway (SH16), running from the western edge of Auckland’s city centre to the Te Atatu peninsula.
The intention was to include a link to the cycleway from the University of Auckland. Arborlab were engaged on the project due to the presence of scheduled trees in the vicinity of the planned platform.We ensured that we took an holistic view to the project and following discussions with our clients and contractors we established the best course of action to take to realise the vision.To create the extension to the cycleway a platform needed to be installed from the university to the existing cycleway over the gulley. We had one of our expert monitoring arborists on site whilst the temporary propping up of a limb took place as well as deflating the tyres on the 300 tonne crane to get it under the branches. We also had to be mindful not to damage the roots either when moving the crane into position.