What's this project about?
The Promenade is the cornerstone project of the 'Making Places' programme - Council’s long-term development strategy for the CBD. The Promenade will turn the Lower Hutt centre city to face and connect with the Hutt River.
The Promenade is part of the RiverLink project, which is the combined work of three agencies: Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
GWRC is upgrading flood protection on the stretch of river between Ewen and Kennedy Good bridges. The river corridor will also be greatly enhanced with new parklands and wetlands. NZTA is looking at ways to reduce congestion and improve access and safety on State Highway 2 at the Melling and Block Road intersections.
Hutt City Council set aside $51.9 million in the Long Term Plan 2018-28 for the Promenade and related Making Places projects, staged over various financial years. Collectively, the RiverLink project is a $300 million-plus project for Lower Hutt. Funding the Promenade project is our main contribution to RiverLink.
The Promenade project includes funding for a pedestrian footbridge, which would link up many walking, cycling and new recreational opportunities centred on the city centre and river. NZTA is considering its options for improvements to the Melling intersection. If the Melling Railway Station did move (to make way for the Melling intersection improvements), it could align closer to the city centre and also be accessed by the pedestrian bridge.
Council’s Central City Transformation Plan provides a detailed framework for coordinating the thinking and discussion around the design and development of the central city over the next 20-40 years.
How the community benefits
Consultation and research, focused on the Promenade part of the RiverLink project, indicates it will be a catalyst for significant social and economic developments in the city centre through both residential and commercial growth. Council’s economic consultants believe the Promenade will be the single most important “switch for growth” for the city centre.
This development promotes our city centre as a vibrant, attractive and liveable area. It will have a positive economic impact on the city’s Gross Domestic Product, employment, household and business income, while increasing our capacity to undertake future investments by growing Council’s rating base.
The Promenade is an effective way we can stimulate private investment and economic activity in the central city and beyond. An economic impact assessment of the Promenade and the potential follow-on private developments includes a one-off public and private construction impact, new residents’ spending, new jobs (partly created by companies acquiring new office spaces), increased visitor spending, increased property values due to developed green space, walkability, access to public transport, and flow-on effects.
We're projecting development of 49,000m2 of commercial space in a medium-growth scenario. This would enable an additional 2700 people to work in the CBD. Development includes 1300 new apartments that would accommodate 2600 people.
You can read a summary of the business case for this project in the Riverside Promenade Project Executive Summary (PDF 472 kb) or in the full Riverside Promenade business case (PDF 3.2 Mb).
Where are we at?
Planning and preparation for RiverLink and the Promenade component of the project are now advanced.
Preliminary designs for the flood protection and Making Places elements have been endorsed by GWRC and Hutt City Council. Hutt City Council will sign-off the preliminary design at the end of 2018.
GWRC committed funding to the flood protection component in its recent long term plan. Hutt City Council allocated $51.9 million in its Long Term Plan 2018-28.
NZTA has consulted on options for a new Melling interchange and bridge. The agency is finalising a detailed business case for this and its board is expected to make a decision by the end of 2018.
Read more about the project on Greater Wellington's RiverLink website. Read more about Making Places, Council’s long-term development strategy for the Hutt CBD.