New option for Basin Reserve road project

Design group reveals Option X

REBECCA THOMSON
Last updated 11:00 28/07/2011
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Underpass: The Architectural Centre's plan for the Basin Reserve roading project was realeased in July.

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CELIA WADE-BROWN: Says all options should be considered for the Basin Reserve.

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A new plan has emerged for the Basin Reserve roading project.

A proposal, known as Option X, released by the Architectural Centre this week, shows a landscaped pedestrian bridge over Sussex and Buckle streets connecting the memorial park extension to the Basin Reserve.

The Architectural Centre is an independent organisation of architects, artists and designers interested in urban planning and the environment.

Spokeswoman Christine McCarthy said she hoped the New Zealand Transport Agency would consider the plan.

"We have worked on a version for a couple of years," said Ms McCarthy. "We are trying to employ a quantity surveyor right now to get an accurate costing of it."

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said Option X should be considered.

"Any built solution will have to last for decades, well past 2040, so we should not make an unattractive choice for Wellington and let short-term thinking deprive us of good urban design and a memorable memorial park," she said.

Agency state highways manager Rod James said the agency had not received Option X as a submission, so he was not in a position to speculate on its feasibility.

"However, we will consider the merits of any feedback or other proposals, based on the same criteria that we assessed earlier options on," he said.

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