Wainuiomata Town Centre Framework and Streetscape Plan

The Wainuiomata Town Centre Upgrade aims to update the heart of this fast-growing suburb to better reflect the mana of the community.


About the Project

This project will develop the Wainuiomata Town Centre area to better connect the fast-growing suburb to shops and services, while creating opportunities to engage with Wainuiomata’s identity.

Having the development plan approved back in 2016, the project is planned to be completed by early 2023. It is split into four stages to ensure Queen Street remains open for people to access local businesses during construction, both on foot and vehicle.

Work was planned to begin late March 2022 but Covid-19 and global supply chain issues caused delays to deliveries of paving which meant a delayed start on 26th April.

  • Consultation with the community between April and May 2020 has informed key parts of the project.
  • Work on the Wainuiomata Town Centre Framework and Streetscape Plan started in late 2020 and builds on the development plan that Love Wainuiomata started in 2015 as well as previous community engagement.
  • Further engagement throughout 2021 has guided the project and initial design.
  • McIndoe Urban Ltd were contracted to develop the Queen Street Streetscape Plan based on the community's vision.
  • JFC Ltd will be working with businesses in the area to ensure their ability to operate is maintained and any issues dealt with in a timely manner.

Construction updates

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Road Works Update

09/05/2022

Work on the Fitzherbert Road end of Queen St is well underway but your favourite Queen St businesses are still open so pop down for a visit!

John Fillmore Contracting (JFC) have created a temporary vehicle exit onto Fitzherbert Road while they are working on a new pedestrian crossing across Queen Street.

This temporary road will be in place for approximately two weeks while JFC construct the crossing over Queen Street.

This temporary exit meant that JFC had to remove existing planting from the garden bed, then fill, compact, and asphalt the area ready to be a temporary road.

In addition to this work, JFC have opened around 16 carparks on the south side of the Fitzherbert Road end of Queen St and around 15 carparks on the north side of this area are blocked off to allow for construction.

When these works are complete, cars will return to the normal road layout.

Paving Update

09/05/2022

We now have six containers of paving in port in Wellington with one container still on its way.


Project Stages

The project has been split into four stages to minimise disruption.

The stages One and Three will be undertaken in halves. i.e., during Stage One, while works on the southern side of Queen Street occur, vehicles will still be able to park on the northern side.

  • Stage One - Queen Street from Fitzherbert Road to Anzac Way
  • Stage Four & Five - Public space in front of the Wainuiomata Community Hub and Community Hall
  • Stage Two - Intersection of Queen Street and Te Ara Raukura
  • Stage Three - Queen Street from Wainuiomata Road intersection to Te Ara Raukura intersection

Due to delays in materials, we are working to run some of the stages at the same time to speed up the construction.

Stage One

Stage 1 Town Centre Plan

Town Centre Colour Plan

Project News

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles were developed following consultation and engagement with the community throughout 2020-2021.

  • Making a civic heart
  • Attracting diversity
  • Providing reasons to linger

  • Greening the town centre
  • Connecting with waterways and off-road trails
  • Showcasing conservation and recreation opportunities

  • Improving access
  • Raising visibility
  • Integrating different components

  • Investing in high-quality materials
  • Favouring simplicity, flexibility and resilience
  • Looking for synergy among projects

  • Improving existing frontages
  • Introducing new street-facing accommodation
  • Hosting a programme of events

  • Future-proofing for different transport options
  • Planning for smaller blocks
  • Encouraging intensification

  • Telling local stories
  • Providing venues for performances and installations
  • Acknowledging the town centre’s origins

Timeline

  • Development Plan Completed (2016)
  • Design Team Engaged (November 2020)
  • Workshops held with the community (November 2020)
  • Engagement on initial design (April-May 2021)
  • Concept design approved by Hutt City Council (14 July 2021)
  • Surveying completed (July 2021)
  • Detailed Design for Stage One Complete (December 2021)
  • Lead Contractor Appointed (January 2022)
  • Stage One Begins (April 2022 - June 2022)
  • Stage Two and Three (June 2022 - November 2022)
  • Stage Four (September 2022 - December 2022)
  • Wainuiomata Town Centre Upgrade Completed (January 2023, pending delays)

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