Campbell Lane Project Underway
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Physical work on Hawera’s first town centre redevelopment project started today with the demolition of the old earthquake prone Campbell Building in High Street.
Local business Collingwood Civil has been awarded the contract for the demolition work, which will set the scene to create an attractive pedestrian thoroughfare and the new Campbell Lane.
“The aim is to better connect the Cornish’s Car Park with the main street retail area and improve use of the free, unrestricted parking that is available,” says South Taranaki District Council project co-ordinator Phil Waite.
The open-aired thoroughfare will be a combination of paving and greenspace, with espaliered planting on the side wall, trees, seating, entrance pillars and a number of lighting columns that lead through to Cornish’s car park.
Design work for the new lane is nearing completion, with final plans expected to be agreed upon and completed by the end of July.
Mr Waite says public response to the Town Centre redevelopment has been very positive and already a number of private enterprise initiatives are being planned.
“On the Campbell Lane project Council is working closely with a private investor who has bought the neighbouring (empty) building as they are also keen to redevelop,” he says. “This is fantastic because one of the key goals underpinning the Town Centre redevelopment was that it would be a catalyst to drive change and to encourage private enterprise to invest in the town centre – and that is what we are seeing happen.”
Bizlink Hawera (Hawera Business Association) chairman Gary Brown, says it is great to see some physical work start on the project. “Bizlink has been very supportive of the Council’s town centre strategy. There has been a lot of work gone into the planning and preparation, so it’s fantastic to see that all coming to fruition,” he says. “It’s also really encouraging to see private developers investing in the town centre.”