The Goal

ECOncrete tide pools were chosen to provide habitat for marine life and coastal birds in specially designated nearshore structures.

the goal

The Challenge

Amongst the issues with development along the coastal edge is the disturbance of habitat during construction. As part of a long-term project, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency needed a solution to be built early in the project to meet their environmental requirements.

How We Built It


The coastal edge of the Ngā Ūranga ki Pito-One section of Te Ara Tupua now has two completed nearshore habitats that Wellingtonians are able to glimpse on their day-to-day commute. These habitats provide a place for flying birds to land and roost clear of construction activity on our project, and had to be built early in the project to meet our environmental requirements.

The habitats are part of the Te Ara Tupua Project that is being delivered by Te Ara Tupua Alliance; a team made up of Waka Kotahi, Downer NZ, HEB Construction and Tonkin+Taylor.

“It was a comprehensive effort, including physical model testing, to inform the design process. The tide pools are designed to mimic natural intertidal habitats for marine organisms and for foraging by coastal birds.” says ECOncrete’s CPO Tomer Hadary.
See more about the habitats and the wildlife in this video from the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Learn more about the project here, on the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency site


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