Building Te Uruhi
We're moving into the next phase of Te Uruhi (previously known as the Kāpiti Gateway), as we finalise design and build. Find out more about the project and our next steps.
Stage one works are due to begin in late September and will focus around the Tikotu Stream from Marine Parade to the sea outfall. The stream enhancements will improve the environment for the aquatic life in this section of Tikotu Stream and the amenity value of the area for the community. The work includes:
- enhancing the Tikotu Stream with landscaping and preparing the banks of the stream for planting native species for planting during the April/May planting season
- installing new retaining walls in the Tikotu Stream
- removing the existing pedestrian bridge across the Tikotu Stream. We have applied for a building consent for the replacement bridge. It’ll be built in 2022 regardless of the decision on the resource consent for the main development. This means there will be a period when there is no bridge. Alternate pedestrian access to and from the beach will be available and marked during this time
- installing a new a stormwater pipe
- removing two trees near the stream and trimming others
- the Phoenix Palm and the Pohutukawa near Marine Parade will be removed. The Phoenix Palm has become too large for its location and the Pohutukawa is not in good condition. Phoenix Palms are an exotic species and a health and safety issue because their fronds are highly poisonous.
A resource consent is in place for the stream works and we have lodged a building consent for the replacement pedestrian bridge.
The early works are expected to take three months and be completed by mid-December.
Council has lodged an updated resource consent application relating to land use for the building, decking, landscaping and car park. This reflects changes to the early proposal, and includes moving a proposed footpath to improve safety in the car park, widening the footpath on Marine Parade over the Tikotu Stream, and minor changes to road markings in the area.
|April–December 2021||Design phase||Progressing concept design to operationally workable plan|
|Detailed design phase|
|Building consent process|
|September 2021||Site early works begin||
The car park will be closed during these works.
|2022||Construction of main building due to begin|
|Late 2022||Te Uruhi opens|
Tender documents for the main contractor were released on 1 September.
The tender closes on 30 September and the successful contractor will be appointed by late October.
The contract model is Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) which involves the main building contractor providing constructability and innovation advice into the detailed design process. For example, we’re looking for a contractor who will bring expertise and innovation on constructing relocatable buildings. We will then negotiate a price for the physical building works with the preferred contractor.
The appointed contractor will help finalise the detailed design, but the physical works will not begin until all consents are in place. If consents are not granted, the early work will not be wasted; it’ll inform any future development that might take place.
The tender documents stipulate the building must be relocatable to account for any changes in the environment or to respond to future growth. This could involve elements of modular construction, offsite fabrication, or other innovations that allow for the building to be removed, transported and installed at a different location. A further requirement is that the building must meet a high standard of accessibility for people living with a disability.
Other details of the tender include:
- seeking construction methods that minimise environmental disruption and source materials sustainably and locally
- minimising building waste through reducing, recycling or reusing it
- offering opportunities to Māori, Pasifika and women workers in line with the requirements of Council’s procurement strategy and the COVID-10 Response and Recovery Fund which is contributing $2.23million to the project.
The tender documents can be accessed from the Government Electronic Tenders Service (gets.govt.nz)
The site for Te Uruhi is itself significant. This is where iwi originally landed in our region, and it has been used as the launching point for Kāpiti Island for hundreds of years.
The 2019 TRC Feasibility Study considered three locations as potential sites for the development, including the:
- Paraparaumu Beach Boat Club car park area
- roundabout at the junction of Marine Parade, Kāpiti Road and Manly Street
- south side of the Tikotu Stream in Maclean Park.
The process involved working with stakeholders to reach consensus. The south side of the Tikotu Stream was chosen because it best meets the needs of the project, at the least cost, and takes into account the existing buildings and stakeholder feedback. The optimal biosecurity location is as close to the departure point (the beach) as possible, so locations further away from the beach (such as the two lots at Marine Parade purchased by Council in 2019) were not considered.
The safest and most reliable point for launching vessels on the Kāpiti Coast is Paraparaumu Beach, as it is protected by Kāpiti Island from the prevailing winds.
To keep the public and our workers safe, the carpark near the Te Uruhi site at Maclean Park will be closed during the works. The carpark will re-open for the summer season when the works are finished.
Two accessible carparks will be temporarily relocated to the other Maclean Park carpark (maintaining four accessible carparks in the area).
More Council-owned carparking is available at the corner of Maclean St and Kapiti Road and in the Seaview Road carpark.
Once Te Uruhi is finished, the carpark will have fourteen carparks including two accessible parks and one set-down/pick up park. This is seventeen fewer carparks than the existing layout.
We are looking at a range of options for additional parking, including:
- redeveloping the Council-owned public carpark on the corner of Kāpiti Road and Maclean St (this has been costed and will be included as part of the project)
- developing a commercial agreement with the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club to provide all-day/overnight parking for people visiting Kāpiti Island.