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Tauranga streetscape upgrades about to begin

A concept image of the upgrade. Photo: Tauranga City Council.

The overhaul of streets surrounding the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development, including Elizabeth Street, Devonport Road, First Ave and the lane between Elizabeth Street and First Avenue is one step closer with the contract being awarded to Hawkins.

Works are starting on First Avenue this week, with the installation of a central raised crossing.

The streetscape upgrade is planned to be completed in time with the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development.

The upgrade of Elizabeth Street aims to create an attractive and safe, people-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.

This will entail a pedestrian-focused, slow-speed environment for Elizabeth Street and its surrounds.

The upgrade also contributes to the ‘green necklace’ of connected walkways around the city centre and reflects the redevelopment of Tauranga’s city centre as a place for people.

This project is part of council’s continuing journey to bring life back to the city centre and create a great place to live, work and visit.

Hawkins, who are also leading the construction of the Thirty Eight Elizabeth development, have been confirmed as the construction partner for the council-led streetscape improvement.

This will allow for close coordination of the two projects. 

Gareth Wallis, General Manager: Community Services at Tauranga City Council acknowledges the importance of the upgrade for the city centre.

“The city centre plays an important role as the commercial, cultural and civic heart of the sub-region and our community has told us that a vibrant city centre is one of the top things they’d like to see changed,” says Wallis.

“Upgrading Elizabeth Street is another step towards this and one of many projects aiming to attract more people to live, work, play and invest in the city centre.

“It will increase business and economic activity and provide a space for everyone to enjoy and to move around safely.

“We will be working closely with Hawkins, our construction partner, and the surrounding businesses to make this project happen and keep people informed as we work our way through the development.”

“We are very pleased to see council’s support of this critical area of town with the upgrade of Elizabeth Street,” says project manager of Thirty Eight Elizabeth Brett Nicholls.

“It will complement the transformational Thirty Eight Elizabeth development, which will be home to the new flagship Farmers retail store, along with boutique food and beverage offerings- all on track to be open for Christmas shopping.

"The first display townhouse and apartment will be available for public viewing in the last quarter of this year too. Construction of the towers, and fit out of the apartments, will be ongoing until early next year.”

Murray Robertson, Executive General Manager, Hawkins is looking forward to the project come to life.

"We are delighted to be involved and to have the opportunity to make a real difference in improving not only Elizabeth Street for the businesses and their customers but also to add to the city centre experience," says Robertson says.

Works on much-needed underground renewals are already underway. Those works have been completed on First Avenue and are due to be completed on Elizabeth Street and Devonport Road by July 2021.

Construction of the streetscape upgrade will be completed in stages. Businesses will remain open during construction.

For more information, visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/elizabethstreet.

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Hope

Posted on 06-05-2021 15:25 | By Told you

Let’s all hope for Tauranga’s sake they get it right this time, with jobs in the past been total disasters with massive time and cost overruns.

Fingers crossed

Posted on 06-05-2021 14:04 | By

Looking forward to this turning out as well as Wharf St and the new park developments that Council has been turning out over the last six months.

Hmmm

Posted on 06-05-2021 13:38 | By

I hope that they install appropriate sleeping areas for the people that will likely inhabit the area. Nice and peaceful around there with no shoppers to worry about and no traffic noise.

Hope it’s not a repeat

Posted on 06-05-2021 13:29 | By Johnney

Not long ago Durham St was upgraded taking nearly two years. Hopefully council have learnt some lessons on efficiencies, timeframes and budgets. Let’s watch and observe.

council

Posted on 06-05-2021 11:29 | By dumbkof2

tcc please stay right away from any of this development we all know what happens when council gets involved