As part of the Christchurch central city rebuild plan, An Accessible City is a major flagship project for Ōtākaro. It aims to make the city centre safe, more accessible, and pedestrian-friendly. These new public spaces and streetscapes will be visually appealing with wide, open, paved boulevards running through new areas of cafes, bars, and retail complexes.
The Trademark team has installed about 12,000m² of paving on up to six sites at a time! This includes:
- concrete block paving running up both sides of Manchester Street between Lichfield and Armagh Streets (supplied by Firth)
- Timaru Bluestone, a local natural basalt, down Durham Street
- Timaru bluestone around the Council Chambers on the Armagh and Durham St corner, running down to the Gloucester Street bridge
- Timaru bluestone outside the Justice Precinct
- hundreds of tactile and hazard directional pavers installed for pedestrian traffic and the cycle lane
- numerous cobblestones installed into raised traffic islands
- large amounts of site concrete poured as foundations for rigid paving installs
- large runs of natural stone kerb blocks and pouring the street fenders in front of these.
The team has put a huge effort into this job and we are nearly there. It's been a pleasure to work with the Downer team – full credit for a well-run project.