Millions spread over 11 precincts in upgrade

The breakdown of costs for Invercargill's $12.195 million inner-city upgrade can now be revealed after a councillor demanded they be removed from the public-excluded part of the council meeting on Tuesday.

Cr Lindsay Thomas' demands were seconded by inner-city upgrade working group boss and city councillor Norman Elder, who backed down on his stance that the figures were commercially sensitive.

The figures revealed how much each precinct is expected to cost, though Cr Elder said the estimates were not final.

Precinct one, which includes changing the Dee and Esk streets intersection, removing the art columns in Wachner Place and coach and campervan parking on Leven St, is estimated to cost $2,659,000.

Cr Elder said that despite it being the first precinct, the council could choose to start on a smaller and cheaper project this year.

The council allocated $1.4m towards the upgrade in this year's annual plan.

The council would set up a project group made up of engineers and inner-city working group members to carry the upgrade through and put the stages out to tender, Cr Elder said.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said that realistically the next council could change its mind on the upgrade and halt the whole process. That was the beauty of democracy, he said.

However, Cr Elder said the upgrade would be value for money and he was disappointed in the councillors who had voted against the adoption of the plan.

Cr Thomas said he was still concerned about the costs of the project and believed they would rise to in excess of $16m.

PRECINCT 1: $2,659,000
Dee and Tay streets single laning (one lane on each side of the two streets, in the CBD area, instead of two lanes on each side) [main works].

  • Upgrade street lighting.
  • Change Dee and Esk St intersection to allow future two-laning of Don St.
  • Upgrade four mid-block pocket parks on Tay St.
  • Remove art columns at front of Wachner Place.
  • Install two pieces of vehicle scale art, one piece of pedestrian scale art and new interpretation signage.
  • Pedestrian shelters along Dee and Don streets.
  • Change road markings on Leven St to allow coach parking and change road markings on Wood St to allow campervan parking.

PRECINCT 2: $827,000
Esk St, between Dee and Kelvin [main works].

  • Mid-Esk St pocket park including pedestrian weather shelter.
  • Upgrade street lighting.
  • New street furniture.
  • Retrofit all stone-clad art plinths.
  • One piece of pedestrian scale art.
  • New interpretation signage, banners and banner poles.

PRECINCT 3: $2,726,000
Bowling green on Esk St [main works excluding possible new building at corner of Tay and Deveron streets].

  • Demolish existing building and bowling green.
  • New bowling green park, including a playground focusing on innovation and a large grass plinth.
  • New street lighting and footpath and park surfacing.
  • New street furniture.
  • Upgrade pocket park in front of ICC building.
  • One piece of vehicle scale art.
  • New interpretation signage, banners and banner poles.

PRECINCT 4: $534,000
Market space in current carpark opposite ICC civic building on Esk St [main works excluding internal architecture changes to the Scottish Hall].

  • Remove an existing small building.
  • Stage and lighting for events and market.
  • Grass plinths for information gathering.
  • New pocket park in front of historical facade.
  • New street furniture.

PRECINCT 5: $1,365,000
Dee and Tay streets streetscape [main works].

  • New footpath surfacing.
  • New street furniture including interpretation signage.
  • New art decorations.

PRECINCT 6: $866,000
Don St two-waying [main works].

  • Relocate existing umbrella art.
  • Remove and demolish existing pocket park around the umbrella and in front of the court house.
  • Change kerb layout, street lighting and footpath surfacing.
  • New street furniture, including interpretation signage.
  • One piece of pedestrian scale art.

PRECINCT 7: $277,000
Kelvin St, between Don St and Esk St [main works]

  • New street lighting, footpath surfacing and street furniture.

PRECINCT 8: $107,000
Connection to green belt on outskirts of city centre, including Otepuni Park and Queens Park [main works].

  • Art and way-finding paint on existing asphalt surface.
  • New banners and banner poles.
  • New interpretation signage.

PRECINCT 9: $484,000
Esk and Kelvin streets, between Esk and Tay; and ICC building alteration [main works].

  • Alter ICC building to open up east side of ground floor.
  • New lighting, upgrade surfacing and landscape around the ICC building connection to Tay St.
  • New street lighting on Esk and Kelvin streets, between Esk St and Tay St.
  • New street furniture including banners and banner poles.
  • One piece of pedestrian scale art.

PRECINCT 10: $1,200,000
Wachner Pl [main works, excluding new building at the west end of the space].

  • Demolish existing clock tower and associated building, retaining existing clock.
  • Demolish existing hard and soft landscaping.
  • New grass plinths and landscape features.
  • New clock tower.
  • New art-focused pedestrian shelter.
  • New surfacing and street furniture.

PRECINCT 11: $1,150,000
Wood Street Park [main works].

  • Retrofit existing pedestrian bridge and retrofit existing sub station into public toilets.
  • Change Wood and Kelvin St intersection to allow better pedestrian connection across Wood St.
  • New landscape features doubled as adventure playground including an informal skateboard park and change of river bank to improve interaction with water.
  • New street furniture, landscaping, planting, signage, lighting and surfacing.
  • New art paint on footpath, banner and banner poles to strengthen connection to the green belt.

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