The project formed part of a wider package of developments proposed for the area, with the objective being to complete these in time for the 36th America’s Cup.
The proposal provided improved and continuous waterfront access, as well as a high-quality pedestrian-friendly space to support the passenger transport, cruise ship and open space functions of Quay Street and its surrounds. It also allowed for increases in pedestrian movement forecast within the area.
To achieve this objective, the reduction of Quay Street from four to two lanes vehicle lanes was proposed. A significant challenge was managing the anticipated construction impacts, particularly given the number of construction prospects proposed for the downtown area. Heritage, trees, natural hazards and existing infrastructure were other issues that required consideration.
An ‘outside of the box’ consenting strategy, unique collaborative planning approach and robust consultation process were cornerstones to the project’s successful outcome. The proposals will be transformational for downtown, and we are really excited about experiencing the end result!
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