About this project
The Promenade is the foundation 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.
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. The RiverLink project is a $300 million-plus project for Lower Hutt. Funding the Promenade project is our main contribution to RiverLink.
RiverLink is a partnership project, involving Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council working together with mana whenua to improve transport connections and flood protection and support urban revitalisation of Lower Hutt’s central city.
It includes the State Highway 2 Melling Transport Improvements, which are funded through the NZ Upgrade Programme.
More broadly, RiverLink aims to enable urban growth and a vibrant central city, with improved flood resilience, and better transport links. Our plan includes improved walking, cycling, and public transport options which are critical to enabling urban development without increasing congestion on our roads and greenhouse gas emissions.
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?
The project is currently in the resource consenting phase, as scheduled. During this phase, we’re working to further develop the design for RiverLink and preparing to apply for resource consents early 2021.
During this stage we are considering construction plans and working to integrate the designs for the river and stopbanks with plans for the central city and upgraded transport links.
With a project of this size, it is important to spend time to get the investigation, planning and design work right – to deliver a project that reflects the community’s needs and to avoid issues down the track.
Construction is expected to begin in 2022, and be completed in 2026.
Public engagement on the design of RiverLink is planned for later this year and with engagement continuing in early 2021. As the project progresses we will keep the community informed and provide plenty of notice before construction work begins.