Tell us more about the stages, particularly Stage I
Stage I is likely to start with the construction of a new stopbank and a realigned section of Pharazyn Street to accommodate the new station works and carpark. River protection works will get underway and traffic flow will change, with the existing roundabouts on High Street and Queens Drive and Melling/Pretoria Street being replaced with traffic light intersections. This work is not expected to begin until late 2022.
Estimates on how many people the project will employ will be available shortly after conclusion of the tender stage, however it is envisaged that a project of this scale will warrant a significant number of people and we will also be encouraging opportunities as part of the tender process.
What opportunities will there be for business?
RiverLink will move traffic up and down the area much more easily, not just in the Lower Hutt CBD. This will allow businesses throughout the Hutt valley to easily trade with one another. There are likely to be a number of opportunities for suppliers and businesses and a need for local labour, with plenty of construction activity during the delivery programme of work.
The new riverside area will facilitate opportunities for new cafes, restaurants, entertainment spaces and outside walking and cycling spaces, attracting visitors to the area from the region. This will support and facilitate new visitors to the Lower Hutt area overall, benefiting the wider business community. The riverside area will also offer new inner city living opportunities, increasing footfall in the CBD.
There will be new native plantings and easy access provided to the river. This is a major redevelopment, setting the scene for wider transformation and redevelopment of large portions of the city, freeing up sites for apartment housing with river views.
This enhanced riverside area will create an increasing need to supply the workers and businesses involved in the project and post-project with catering, raw materials, construction supplies, workforce, including creating many future opportunities for young people.