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Ferrybank development is a step closer

26 August 2016

A game changing initiative to develop a premier visitor destination alongside the Waikato River in central Hamilton is one step closer after the Council voted to adopt the Ferrybank Development Plan at the August council meeting (25 August).

The plan includes six transformational initiatives: a bustling riverside promenade, a river cycle and pedestrian bridge linking Hamilton East to the city centre, a Waikato River Centre featuring visitor information and function space, a destination playground, an enhanced amphitheatre shaped event lawn and a variety of commercial sites. View the concept flyover video.

The Ferrybank Development Plan was identified in the Hamilton City River Plan as a priority project.

"We've been waiting for decades for this and we now have the blueprint for how Ferrybank will be developed. It creates the premier river destination for Hamilton with something for everyone.  As a Hamiltionian I am very excited about seeing it delivered. As the public have told us many times, get on with it", says Mayor Julie Hardaker.

The Ferrybank Development Plan was produced by a team led by Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture (WALA) and including Tonkin & Taylor Engineers, McIndoe Urban, PAUA Architects, and the Stafford Group.

Megan Wraight and John Hardwick-Smith, the key designers behind the Ferrybank Development Plan, are also passionate about the plan.

“The Ferrybank development plan provides the turning point for Hamilton to connect the city to the river.  The terraced topography of the site is a quintessential characteristic of the city to the river landscape in this location,” says Megan Wraight.

“The concept traverses the terraces from city to river, providing diverse places for people with a variety of activity. A riverside destination with an invitation to explore, celebrate cultural and ecological Waikato River stories, and to live and play in an outstanding setting,” says John Hardwick-Smith.

“The plan provides a framework and a pathway for development of the site, integrating landscape with buildings, and extending connections between the river and city,” he said.

The project was developed with input from a range of stakeholders including Waikato-Tainui and the clubs and groups that currently use Ferrybank and Roose Commerce Park.

An expert panel consisting of Rob Kerr (Ōtākaro Limited), Morten Gjerde (Victoria University of Wellington), Iain White (Waikato University), Wayne Harris (Waikato Tainui), Mayor Julie Hardaker, and Councillor Martin Gallagher, met throughout the project to assess WALA’s progress against the design brief and offer feedback.

Hamilton City Council will now commence the processes associated with implementation the Ferrybank Development Plan. A Stage 1 detailed implementation plan will be presented to the Council.

Click here to view a copy of the Ferrybank Development Plan.