Hamilton is growing and over the next 10 years Hamilton City Council is set to deliver the biggest ever capital programme in the city's history. Embracing growth isn't just about plans, it's about making sure we're prepared for the future while at the same time protecting and enhancing our great river city.
One key project which will enable us to support growth is the Hillsborough Pump Station Upgrade.
The pump station upgrade project, valued at $5m is a major renewal project that will affect several residential and commercial stakeholders along Grantham St near the Victoria Bridge.
The pump station, located next to Graham St just south of the Victoria bridge, pumps wastewater from the south-eastern area of the central city across the bridge (on the underside of the bridge) to the main wastewater line on the eastern side of the Waikato River.
The pump station upgrade will increase the size and capacity of the current Hillsborough pump station, it is being modified to meet the needs of a growing city including:
- Protecting the environment by reducing the number of overflows due to adverse weather events
- Allowing for future growth of the city
- Providing resilience by having emergency storage in case of mechanical or electrical failure
- Relocating the pump station to a more accessible location to enable future upgrades.
Construction of Hillsborough pump station is now complete with 95% of the project underground. Commissioning will continue in early 2021 to thoroughly test the pumps, pipes and electronics before the old pump station is removed.
As part of the upgrade the new Grantham Street retaining wall is set to become a vibrant, engaging and dynamic piece of public art illustrating Hamilton's history.
Inspired by the story of Te Winika, an ancient waka with a long and fraught history, the concept explores the connections with tatou tupuna (our ancestors) and the knowledge passed down through the generations. It shows fragments of Teenaa Koorua (orchid blooms) floating along the river as the past connects with the future.
Under the Public art Plan Hamilton City Council has a vision of artwork that challenges, surprises, entertains and inspires. Local artist Gemma Yiannoutsos's design was selected by local iwi for the colours, florals and visual representation of the area's history.
Work is expected to begin in January 2021 and take approximately four weeks to complete. While the mural is under construction the road shoulder will be closed this won't affect traffic.