Working toward making it safe and easy as possible for people to travel into the city, we are constructing a new car parking building and bicycle hub in Harington Street.
Coming in early 2020:
- 250 bike parks
- 550 car parks
- 53 motorbike parks
- Electric charging points for cars and e-bikes
- Shower and locker facilities for people who ride bikes
Artist impression of Harington Street parking building
What is happening?
Working toward making it safe and as easy as possible for people to move around the city, Tauranga City Council is constructing a new car parking building and bicycle hub in Harington Street.
What will the new building provide?
The new building has potential to cater for end-of-trip travel needs for over 800 people across a range of transport modes. In addition to 240 spaces for people to park bicycles, it has space for people to park 550 cars (including 15 mobility parking spaces), and 40 motorbikes. The building will include electric charge points for cars and bikes.
Is the bike parking a NZ first?
The parking building is thought to be the first of its kind in New Zealand to include a dedicated bike area making biking easier for city commuters.
Community feedback shows growing support for the council to provide better biking facilities for city commuters.
The bike hub will not only offer parking, but also includes showers and gear storage to make it easier for people who want to bike to work. There are uni-sex and female-only areas.
Every person on a bike or bus frees up a car park and helps improve the traffic flow, so it’s in everybody’s interests that we get more city commuters onto a bike or bus to town.
I thought Council was trying to reduce the number of cars on our roads, why are we building a new car park?
The new car park building is not only a practical addition to our city centre parking, it is also designed to be an ‘enabling project’. Once completed it creates the opportunity for Council to free up existing parking areas (on and off street) for things like enhanced streetscaping, commercial development and active spaces. An example of this approach is the University of Waikato site on Durham Street, where two car parks were removed to make space for the campus project. In time, other parking facilities will make way for developments that will help create a more vibrant city centre.
How much is this costing ratepayers?
Parking buildings are self-funding but the budget for construction is $28 million.
How much will it cost to park there?
This is yet to be determined.
Will the free weekend parking in the city include the new Harington Street parking building?
All City Centre parking, including on and off-street parking, is now free on weekends and public holidays. Councillors made this decision to help encourage more people to come to the City Centre at weekends. ‘Free Saturdays’ (on-street) will be in place for 12 months with a review after Easter 2019. If Councillors decide to make free Saturdays permanent, then this will include the new car park building.
Will the new parks be leased or casual?
As there is a current wait list for leased parking in the city, many of the carparks will be leased. However, there will still be casual parking allocated. At present it’s estimated up to 400 spaces may be leased, leaving 150 spaces free for casual parking.
What will the operating times be for new parking building?
24hrs with CCTV surveillance in place.
When will the new building be finished?
Construction started on 19 June 2018 and is expected to be complete in early 2020.
Why was this specific site chosen?
This site has been earmarked since 1996.
How high will the parking building be?
The building will stand seven levels above ground, with two more levels below ground. Vehicle entry and exits are on Harington Street, preserving the Hamilton Street frontage for easy walking and biking access.
The building has been designed to make best use of the site. We cannot go any further down as it is extremely costly and problematic to build below sea level.
What roads will this impact?
Hamilton and Harington Street, in front of the construction site only. Surrounding buildings will have full access to their own premises.
How will traffic be managed? Where will the trucks be travelling?
Parts of Harington Street and Hamilton Street have been closed to allow for development to occur.
Earthworks trucks make their way into town down the Expressway to Chapel Street, then left down onto the site. To exit they head straight up either Hamilton or Harington Street and left onto Cameron Road, then turn right down Elizabeth Street to the Expressway. From time to time there will be other delivery trucks coming out the Willow Street end.
What will the hours of work be?
Planned work hours are Monday to Saturday from 7am to 6pm. there may be a requirement for additional work hours, however neighbouring residents will be informed as and when this may occur. The carpark building is a permitted activity under the City Plan which means there are no work restrictions.
How will dust and noise be mitigated during construction?
We are continuously monitoring dust and noise by conducting specific and appropriate assessments/tests. A noise plan is in place to ensure compliance with acoustic and construction standards and regulations.
Are you expecting to find anything of historical significance during excavation?
Four houses were originally built on this site many years ago and we were not expecting to find much of historical significance. However, upon commencing earthworks the archaeologists found what appears to be a well dating back to the 1800s containing bottles and many other items that they are assessing at their offices.
Last Reviewed: 07/02/2019