1.4.6 Riverfront Development Design Guide
126.96.36.199 How to use the Design Guide
188.8.131.52 Design Objectives
A Public Riverfront
|The riverfront will be developed as Hamilton’s premiere public space, providing opportunities for people to access and appreciate the Waikato River.|
A Connected Riverfront
| The riverfront will be safely and easily accessible from Victoria Street via streets and laneways. Additional pedestrian connections from the east side of the river will improve pedestrian connectivity not only to the river front, but also to the Central City.|
An Active Riverfront
|The riverfront will be an active public space, with buildings fronting on and opening out on to a riverside promenade. |
|d)||This area will be prime real estate, with high quality new development creating complete street blocks between the river and Victoria Street.|
A Sustainable Riverfront
|The riverfront will be sustainable. Built form will carefully consider daylighting principles to ensure that the buildings provide a pleasant environment both within the buildings themselves and also the public spaces which surround them and open out on to the river.|
An Iconic Riverfront
|The riverfront will be iconic – a destination within Hamilton, Waikato and New Zealand. A pedestrian bridge connecting west to east will be a feature, attracting people to the river’s edge. The materials, lighting and landscaping along the promenade will be of a high quality, reflecting the significance and beauty of the Waikato River. |
184.108.40.206 Design Principles
The following design principles provide guidance as to how the riverfront area should be developed over time to achieve the objectives listed above and the 2021 and 2041 vision (refer to 1.4.6b and 1.4.6c).
These design principles have informed District Plan rules and ensure riverfront development is appropriate and will not degrade or detract from this area of natural amenity.
Promenade and open space
| As part of the development or redevelopment of any site adjoining the Waikato Riverbank area between London Street and Sapper Moore-Jones Place, provision shall be made for a continuous pedestrian promenade.|
|b) ||The minimum width of the promenade is 5m, providing adequate space for pedestrian and cycle access.|
|c) ||Open space in key locations (i.e. those identified within the medium and long term visions for the Riverfront) shall be provided with minimum dimensions of 15m in width alongside the promenade, to provide room for outdoor dining and other activities. Such space shall be accessible and appropriately designed and landscaped to achieve safe, attractive, comfortable space for use by patrons of restaurants, cafes and the general public.|
|All public space, including the promenade, shall be designed in accordance with best practice CPTED principles.|
|Height allowance will be in relation to provision of public space. Where significant public space is provided (in the form of promenade, public open space or similar, either connecting between Victoria Street and the Riverfront, or along the Riverfront) and gateway locations, additional height shall be provided for. Importantly, height will assist and enable the reading of the cityscape such that taller buildings will be associated with greater public accessibility to the Riverfront.|
|Building set-backs, in addition to preserving general amenity values, will assist to preserve daylighting, human scale and openness of the proposed promenade (and reduce wind tunnelling effects). Buildings with boundaries adjoining the Riverbank will be required to have a minimum setback of 5m. |
|g) ||In relation to the setbacks from internal boundaries at upper levels (i.e. fourth level and above), assessment criteria will facilitate a more enabling approach to guide whether the proposal minimises shadowing and loss of natural light on existing adjacent buildings by providing adequate separation between the proposed and existing development. |
|h) ||Importantly, additional height allowance will be provided for where setbacks from boundaries provide for through-site links and public open space along the riverfront (refer to Figure 1.4.d).|
|Based on the height and built form principles, the preferred built form will be one of narrow buildings running perpendicular to the riverfront, providing for through-site links to the riverfront.|
220.127.116.11 Design Interventions
Promote events and temporary activities within this space, drawing people to the river’s edge and keeping people engaged through its evolving and temporary nature.
Encourage the formalisation of laneways and through-site links into public spaces. Activate laneways through ground-floor activities, such as ‘hole-in-the-wall’ cafes and encourage upper levels to overlook these spaces to promote safety and CPTED principles.
Key Development Site 3 – Victoria on the River (refer to 18.104.22.168).
Use streets connecting Victoria Street to the river’s edge as key pedestrian links and areas of public space. Open out views to the river at the end of these streets, where possible, and connect the end of the street with the upper-level promenade. Encourage active, ground-floor uses with buildings fronting on to these streets.
Encourage the development of the ‘Art Post’ site in line with some of the initiatives outlined as part of the City Heart project, with additional built form complementing the Waikato Museum and better embracing its riverfront location.
Encourage the continuation of an upper-level riverside promenade along the western river bank through walkways, built out from the river bank where necessary to connect ‘pocket parks’ or areas of public space along the riverfront.
Provide at least eight pocket parks at regular intervals along the upper level promenade, terminating at major through-links, to act as activity nodes along the promenade that will support and encourage walking and enjoyment of the river environment.
Figure 1.4.6a: Existing Situation (2011) – An analysis of the existing riverfront, illustrating areas of vacant or underutilised space, age of buildings and potential connection
Figure 1.4.6b: Future Vision (2021) – Visual representation showing potential development along the riverfront at 2021, beginning with pockets of public spaces