Let’s make it happen!
We’ve been working on plans to revitalise the waterfront for some time. We have been urged by government “to proceed with action and pace”. We have had to make some changes to the vision to ensure its feasibility. We need your support to secure the government funding which is critical to delivering this transitional project for the city and the Otago region.
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Proposed amendments to the vision
We have made some refinements to the vision and masterplan following recently completed feasibility studies. The Dunedin City Council, the consultancy team and the architects have worked to refine the masterplan, simplify consenting to make it easier and ensure a viable deliverable vision for our waterfront.
The changes include: :
- Repositioning parts of the vision so that they are built on existing land, rather than on reclaimed land or platforms. This includes relocating the hotel and cultural centre back towards the city. This reduces the impact on the marine environment.
- Realigning the pedestrian and cycle bridge so that it lands nearer to the Cross Wharf, avoiding the need for pedestrians and cyclists to cross Fryatt Street.
- Allowance for future development on the north side of the basin, east of the Sustainable Futures building.
We are also looking at adjusting the size of some of the buildings, including:
- addressing the size of the mixed use residential and commercial ‘Waka’ building and
- beginning the construction of the five-star hotel with just one of the two proposed wings constructed initially.
The amendments to the vision enable the waterfront to be delivered in a staged process, as the local economy and demand develop, allowing for the waterfront to become an integrated part of the city of Dunedin.
The architect is also exploring other ideas which are not currently part of the Business case for government funding. These include:
- a public park at an elevated level, in place of the previous lagoon, in keeping with the civic gesture and intent of the cultural centre below
- increased car parking facilities within proximity to the Cultural centre and the hotel on the corner of Kitchener and Birch street, accessed via an air bridge at first floor level linking to the hotel and Culture centre.
- Increasing green spaces throughout the waterfront and surrounding areas. By planting a greater number of trees, this reduces the wind within the area and creates greater possibility for bird habitation.
How will it be funded?
- Government funding ($820k) from the Provincial Growth Fund was secured for feasibility assessment and development of the business case for the wider waterfront vision.
- Capital funding from the government’s Provincial Growth Fund will be sought for replacement of wharves and the and the development of building platforms later this year.
- The DCC committed $20m funding for the bridge through the 10 Year Plan, with in principle support from NZTA.
- The DCC and other partners are working with potential developers and stakeholders on implementing the other major projects within the vision.
Phasing and timing
Phasing is also proposed, with the first stage likely to comprise:
- The bridge
- Building platforms around the north and west sides of the Steamer Basin
- The Sustainable Futures Building (previously Marine Research) on the north side
- A public open space at the head of the Steamer Basin which could incorporate a playground and a small tourist information centre. This space would provide amenities for locals and encourage people to use the area, as a transitional use until funding is secured for the Ecotourism Centre.
The developments on the south side of the basin are proposed to follow in stage two providing time for current port related uses to be moved. All these changes enable the delivery of the full vision over time as the local economy and demand allow.
Is it going to happen?
Port Otago is demolishing the buildings on Fryatt Street wharf and opening up the wharves for public use.
A consultancy team led by Beca Ltd and supported by Colliers International undertook a detailed programme assessing the engineering and environmental feasibility of the project. This work confirms that the vision can be built.
The commercial viability of the Dunedin waterfront vision has been assessed by Colliers International in discussion with market leaders. This work confirms that it can be commercially viable.
The findings from both of these assessments will be used to complete the business case. This business case will be used to apply to the Provincial Growth Fund before the end of the year for government funding of the building platform. Resource consents for the infrastructure works will be submitted at the same time.
A decision will then take until around February 2019 due to the Christmas break and the Parliamentary recess. A cabinet decision is required for bids of this scale.
History of the project date
- This is a project that Council and other parties have been working on for many years. In 2005 the DCC and Port Otago developed an initial vision for the waterfront and adopted changes to the District Plan to enable revitalisation.
- Local architect Damien van Brandenburg produced a design for a bridge connection around the same time. We have continued to work with Architecture Van Brandenburg (AVB) to refine the designs and with other key local organisations progress plans for the waterfront.
- Last year AVB teamed with Animation Research Limited (ARL) and approached the DCC with a design for the waterfront area centred on Steamer Basin. AVB gifted the designs to the city.
- The DCC and other key organisations (Port Otago Limited, Otago Regional Council, University of Otago and Ngai Tahu Property Limited) have all committed to working together with AVB and ARL to achieve the vision.
The Council and the other key partners including Port Otago are reviewing options for who will manage and govern the overall creation.
In the meantime, we are talking with various business parties interested in delivering elements of the vision.
Contact Dunedin City Council on 03 477 4000.
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