22 December 2008
The first stage of the CityHeart revitalisation is set to commence on 7 January with Victoria Street improvements starting between Hood and Collingwood Streets.
The CityHeart project is Council’s response to the development of the city centre as committed to as part of the city’s long term planning. Its intent is to create a vibrant and distinctive heart for Hamilton by delivering shared spaces which reflect the city's unique identity. The CityHeart project is also driven by the need to ensure connectivity and cohesiveness for the central city's future development.
Improvements to Victoria St will include the widening of the central median incorporating loading zones, permanently one-laning traffic in each direction, significantly enhanced lighting, landscaping, partial pavement replacement, better incorporation of Riff Raff reserve and a much enhanced pedestrian environment.
Programme manager Barry Easton announced last week that that Downer EDI Works, in association with ResetUrban, have been awarded the contract to complete the works.
“We have worked extremely hard to ensure that lessons have been learned from the past and subsequently have devised a project team that fully understand the importance of minimising disruption and maximising communication to enable affected businesses to make informed decisions during construction times.
“Over the last month we have consulted closely with the affected community and a number of issues have come to the surface. We have listened, talked extensively and subsequently made adaptations to the work programme to ensure requirements are accommodated.”
In the lead up to Christmas the design group have been preparing detailed concept plans, whilst the construction team have been completing exploratory work locating footpath services and utilities.
Four dedicated work teams will work in the area in order to maximise efficiency of the work programme with the first sectors to be completed being the areas that are the most detailed in design.
Project Manager of Downer EDI Works John Pearman says construction is going to be carried out on schedule in order to clear the way for the V8 Supercar events planned in April.
“Construction will stop a week before the event and start again on 20 April when Stage II of Victoria Street, from Collingwood to Alma Streets, begins its transformation.
“An integral part of leading a successful project team is keeping the public informed every step of the way, by proactively engaging with them on a regular basis. “
A publically available CityHeart office has been set up at 391 Victoria Street (previous location of The Scullery - next to Breakers Cafe' & Bar). This is a drop-in office where retailers and residents will be able to get information and questions answered. It will also be the venue for a series of weekly Victoria Street meetings to ensure all effected parties are kept informed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Name: Sarah Bettle
Designation: Communication Manager
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6843
Mobile: 021 279 2338