What's this project about?
The Promenade is a key project in the ‘Making Places’ programme, which is Council’s long-term development strategy for the CBD. The Promenade will turn the Lower Hutt CBD to face and connect with the Hutt River.
The Promenade is also a part of the RiverLink project, which is the combined work of three agencies: Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Greater Wellington Regional Council is upgrading flood protection on the stretch of river between Ewen and Kennedy Good bridges, and the river corridor will also be enhanced. The NZ Transport Agency 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 $39 million in the Annual Plan 2017/18 for the Promenade, staged over various financial years from 2019-2020 to 2034. Collectively the RiverLink project is a $200 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 CBD and river. The NZ Transport Agency is considering its options for improvements to the Melling intersection. If the Melling Railway Station did move (to ease Melling intersection improvements), it could align closer to the CBD and also be accessed by the pedestrian bridge.
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 Lower Hutt CBD through both residential and commercial growth.
This development promotes our CBD as a vibrant, attractive and liveable area. It will have an economic impact on our local 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 CBD 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 49,000 m2 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.
These investments and activities would contribute $2.5 billion to the local economy over 20 years.
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 Promenade project was part of our Proposed Annual Plan in 2017/18; we received 1236 written submissions, and 87 submissions presented to Council in person, many of which commented on the proposed CBD development.
Read more about the project at Greater Wellington's website, www.riverlink.co.nz.
Read more about Making Places, Council’s long-term development strategy for the Hutt CBD.