The Infrastructure Collective: The Inner Circle with Eric van Essen


Registration is only available for current members.

Event Details

Infrastructure NZ's The Infrastructure Collective Network is pleased to invite you to a close-knit interactive session with an industry leader exclusively for our members. We call it 'The Inner Circle'. 

In these exclusive sessions, an industry leader leads a discussion with a small group of The Infrastructure Collective members on a hot topic in infrastructure. You will be participating, not just listening, so bring your questions and opinions along, find out about our expert, and what they are leading in their sector. This session will be limited to 10 people, so you’ll need to be quick to snap up your place at the table.
DIDP (Downtown Infrastructure Development Project) involved the redevelopment and enhancement of Quay Street, Lower Albert Bus interchange, Galway Street and Downtown Public Space. It was opened to the public in July 2021. 

The Downtown JV was tasked in delivering enhancements to assist in supporting the future growth of Auckland’s waterfront and pedestrian thoroughfare over the next 10 years. 

Eric van Essen, Programme Director at Auckland Transport, headed the large and complex programme which involved significant civil and engineering work and a large qualified and experienced team. 

This virtual event is an opportunity for a small group of 10 members of The Infrastructure Collective (formerly Emerging Talent) to chat with Eric about DIDP and the journey from concept to delivery, including an overview of the scope and thinking behind the project, interface with other projects, challenges and social outcomes. 

It is also an opportunity for members to hear about Eric’s role within Auckland Transport generally and how he got to where he is today.

Presenter Details

Eric has 25 years’ experience in delivering urban regeneration and infrastructure projects, most of these in Auckland’s City Centre. 

He loves to inspire and empower the teams he leads. This involves developing a positive culture, challenging the status quo and encouraging creativity to deliver great outcomes.

His most recent experience has been leading delivery of the Downtown Infrastructure Development Programme, which included six significant projects funded by Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, with a total value of $350million. The work was completed in July 2021 and brings to life the vision of a generous and welcoming destination on the downtown waterfront that is recognisably Tāmaki Makaurau.

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