Project needs a decision

A decision on the proposed Cook Landing site footbridge, known as the “1000-year bridge”, will be needed this month if the District Council is to meet its deadline of having it ready for the 2019 Te Ha sestercentennial commemorations less than a year away.

The Future Tairawhiti Committee will be told on Thursday that a report will be presented to the Finance and Audit committee on November 29.

A staff report says the timeframes are tight to deliver the full scope of the $5.4 million Puhi Kai Iti /Cook Landing site project -— $3.06 million to build the bridge and Te Maro commemorative site, and $1.6 million for an upgrade of the Cook Landing Site. The project is proposed to be completed by the sestercentennial commemorations in October 2019.

The project is funded by DoC and external funders, the Significant Projects Fund (Lotteries) and the Provincial Growth Fund.

The council has been advised by the Navare Design group that to have the bridge ready for the Te Ha celebrations, it might need to order the steel needed — likely to cost between $450,000 and $470,000 — earlier than expected.

The bridge engineering design will be at 50 percent by the end of November. It was originally planned to order the steel when it was 85 percent of the design work was complete. It has been independently peer-reviewed.

Design and build of the pedestrian bridge is the most critical time-bound element of the project, the committee will hear.

The report would normally go to the Future Tairawhiti committee or the full council but will be presented to the finance and audit committee because the meeting schedule does not align with the project decision timeframe.

The committee will be told the steel market is volatile and there could be an increase of 20 percent in the cost. More accurate costings and a delivery timeframe are expected to be available for the finance and audit committee.

The footbridge is intended to connect the Cook Landing site, which is being upgraded by DoC, to Titirangi/Kaiti Hill via a spiral steel bridge that will traverse Kaiti Beach Road.

It is intended to provide safe pedestrian access to the hill as part of the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, which includes the inner harbour development, the $1.7 million historic interpretations and branding project, and the $6 million Titirangi Summit project.

At this week’s meeting, the Future Tairawhiti Committee will also be given an update on the Olympic Pool development project and the $29 million DrainWise Project.

A decision on the proposed Cook Landing site footbridge, known as the “1000-year bridge”, will be needed this month if the District Council is to meet its deadline of having it ready for the 2019 Te Ha sestercentennial commemorations less than a year away.

The Future Tairawhiti Committee will be told on Thursday that a report will be presented to the Finance and Audit committee on November 29.

A staff report says the timeframes are tight to deliver the full scope of the $5.4 million Puhi Kai Iti /Cook Landing site project -— $3.06 million to build the bridge and Te Maro commemorative site, and $1.6 million for an upgrade of the Cook Landing Site. The project is proposed to be completed by the sestercentennial commemorations in October 2019.

The project is funded by DoC and external funders, the Significant Projects Fund (Lotteries) and the Provincial Growth Fund.

The council has been advised by the Navare Design group that to have the bridge ready for the Te Ha celebrations, it might need to order the steel needed — likely to cost between $450,000 and $470,000 — earlier than expected.

The bridge engineering design will be at 50 percent by the end of November. It was originally planned to order the steel when it was 85 percent of the design work was complete. It has been independently peer-reviewed.

Design and build of the pedestrian bridge is the most critical time-bound element of the project, the committee will hear.

The report would normally go to the Future Tairawhiti committee or the full council but will be presented to the finance and audit committee because the meeting schedule does not align with the project decision timeframe.

The committee will be told the steel market is volatile and there could be an increase of 20 percent in the cost. More accurate costings and a delivery timeframe are expected to be available for the finance and audit committee.

The footbridge is intended to connect the Cook Landing site, which is being upgraded by DoC, to Titirangi/Kaiti Hill via a spiral steel bridge that will traverse Kaiti Beach Road.

It is intended to provide safe pedestrian access to the hill as part of the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, which includes the inner harbour development, the $1.7 million historic interpretations and branding project, and the $6 million Titirangi Summit project.

At this week’s meeting, the Future Tairawhiti Committee will also be given an update on the Olympic Pool development project and the $29 million DrainWise Project.

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