Durham St upgrade budget approved

Durham Street, looking like $6.1 million. Photo: Supplied.

The pedestrian friendly street upgrade for Durham Street and Durham Lane is approved this week by Tauranga City council, signalling a transformation into a city scape featuring broad shady streets, paving, seating, garden beds and rain gardens.

Council will go out to tender early next year for a construction partner for the $6.1m project. Stage one construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of next year, with completion forecast for April 2019.

The pedestrian-friendly design will feature Durham Lane retaining functionality as a service lane as well as being a shared space that encourages and protects pedestrian activity. Over time, it is envisaged that businesses with active frontages on to the lane will emerge, and that the laneway will become an informal campus heart for students.

The vision for Durham Street and Durham Lane reflects the feedback Council received from the community, and the principles of the Tauranga City Centre Spatial Framework, says Mayor Greg Brownless.

“The Durham Street and Durham Lane upgrades are an essential part of realising the potential of the University of Waikato campus and the creation of a successful education precinct in the heart of the city. It is also in response to other major development in the area, including the Trustpower building,” says Greg.

“Durham Street will become a much more pedestrian-friendly street and a key city centre thoroughfare. Durham Lane will be transformed into a unique laneway space that will see it become a vibrant hub for students.”

The transformation of Durham Lane into the campus courtyard. Photo: Supplied.

He said the aim is to create a vibrant city centre with streets that provide a: “Quality pedestrian experience, encourage walking and other non-car based transport modes”.

Council resolved to split construction of the upgrade into two stages, says City Transformation Committee Chair Larry Baldock.

“The first stage of the upgrade will include the majority of Durham Lane, and the raised carriageway section of Durham Street, including the Durham Street and Spring Street intersection. This stage is expected to be completed by April 2019,” says Larry.

“The second stage will begin once a decision is made on the location of the bus interchange, and to await the future construction of the student accommodation building on Durham Street.”

A decision on the location of the bus interchange will be the result of a future Council call. If the bus interchange is located elsewhere, then the part of Durham Street that has been designed to allow for the interchange could either be planted or retained as on-street car parking, or a combination of these two options.



6 Comments

@ The Caveman

Posted on 21-12-2017 13:09 | By MISS ADVENTURE

They dont "GET" it, they have theses lovely glossy pages that must have something magical and hypnotic about them, they all then say the say words and wow the unbelievable is approved before you know it.

Carless days

Posted on 21-12-2017 11:53 | By Happyday

They've been doing their best to get rid of cars from the downtown for ages. Soon, the only people in the city will be those who work for the council, students who will have to walk in to town and the poor shop keepers who won't be able to keep staff because they won't have any customers. Oh happy days!

Parking not included

Posted on 21-12-2017 11:44 | By Christine1965

Unfortunately no car parking for this student area, students don't drive cars the submission said!!Yeah right,the six million dollar carpark would have been nice, but too late now, on with the next weird project to be run by amateur council and consultants who no doubt get a staff park somewhere.

Looks like more CBD

Posted on 21-12-2017 08:15 | By The Caveman

PARKING GONE - another nail in the coffin !

Street walkers?

Posted on 20-12-2017 18:01 | By MISS ADVENTURE

WOW look at all the people, you would be extremely luck to see that many people in a whole day in Durham? Where do all these people come from? Oh most likely TCC staff wondering around in circles wondering which luxurious building they want to demolish next?

Thats one heck of alot of money

Posted on 20-12-2017 17:34 | By Angel74

that should be spent on our roads not on a street, about time the council stop smoking what they are smoking and get real................

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