Revamp plan to brighten up Bridge St

00:58, Jul 01 2014
Claire Heathfield
NEW BLOCK ON THE BLOCK: Charlie Heathfield-Offen, 3, tries out the new sculptural seating with mum Claire Heathfield in the walkway near Farmers on Bridge St

A $214,000 project aimed at beautifying Nelson's Bridge St includes Spanish concrete seating blocks.

Planter boxes, yellow bike stands and lighting are also included in the landscaping.

A Nelson City Council spokesperson Ali Hamblin said the white seating units imported from Spain were made of concrete and lime made to look like marble. A crane was used to lift them into place.

They have been placed on the sunnier side of the street, while wooden seating which was locally made has been installed on the other side.

Design work was carried out by Nelson landscape architects Canopy.

The $214,000 budget includes the project design, supervision and enhancements to street lighting, spot lighting and bud lighting of trees in the street.


Some lighting under shop verandahs is yet to be installed and sections of the pavement are to be painted with bands "to reduce the impact of the all the asphalt and to add some colour".

The 12 seating modules were "to add interest to the streetscape, encourage people to gather, chat and feel more at ease in the street especially during the daytime. The planters and bike stands aim to add colour and informality to the street scene to make it a more lively experience during the day."

A further $200,000 is to be spent on enhancing the crossing points at the junction of Bridge and Alma Sts.


We ask people in the street what they think of the seating in the walkway between Bridge St and Buxton Square by the Farmers store.

Michael Weary, 53, Atawhai, fisheries observer: "They're not too beautiful, are they? I think something a bit more rustic would have been more suitable for Nelson."

Carlee Dixon, 37, central Nelson, support worker: "They remind me of the Lego or Tetris games. I can see they would be useful, people use this lane quite a bit."

Ken Trathen, 49, West Coast, director of Trathen's Properties: "They look cool, but I don't know if white was the right colour. I can see the skateboarders are already enjoying them."

Kate Thompson, 21, central Nelson, communication consultant: "I think it looks better than what it was before. It just used to be a scungy alleyway."

The Nelson Mail