The Tauranga waterfront construction work is on schedule, with the build of the new pier, pontoon and tidal stairs which form part of the Access to Water project.
“At the moment work is focused on finishing the ground foundations and the reinforced concrete for the tidal steps,” says Tauranga City Transformation General Manager Jaine Lovell-Gadd.
“The tidal steps are all precast units that have been poured into shaped moulds in the Mount Maunganui concrete batching plant, and these will be trucked onto site, and then placed by the crane in the coming fortnight.”
Jaine says they are still working with artists Marcus McShane and Elliot Collins to finalise the design for the dynamic audio and lighting installation on the pier, and the artwork integration in the precast steps themselves.
Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout says it is exciting to see the progress being made.
“The construction programme is on time, which has been helped by the gorgeous Bay of Plenty sun so far this summer,” says Kelvin. “And as such I'm looking forward to dipping my toes in the water come April.”
A new sandpit with a digger is nearby so children can come and help build the new pier, pontoon and tidal stairs which is located near to the Hairy Maclary statues.
The waterfront area is open all summer for families while the new facilities are being built.
The construction progress can be viewed online as it happens by visiting the Tauranga City Council's Access to Water project webpage.