Saturday, April 13, 2024

Final stage to light up Taupō transformation

The final stage of Taupō Town Centre’s three-year transformation has been approved, with an overhead lighting feature planned for lower Tongariro Street and the entrance to Roberts Street.

The lighting feature is the last major element planned for the transformed Roberts Street area. It will consist of poles with cultural design patterning and LED strip lighting, as well as overhead lighting connecting the network of poles together.

The vision for the town centre transformation project was to create a world-class waterfront unique to Taupō’s character and culture, which would link the Taupō town centre to Lake Taupō and showcase the cultural stories and heritage of the area, Taupō District Council said in a statement.

As part of the project design, several features, including the Te Atea space, the overhead lighting feature and the shared pathway pedestrian space were identified as key to creating a new space for all to enjoy, the Council said.

As well as completing the transformation project, the lighting feature will incorporate cultural design and themes and contribute to safety by providing more light from Waterside to Subway and helping to slow traffic.

“The new lighting feature will help support this end of Roberts Street to be a vibrant and interesting part of the overall town centre transformation,” said Council landscape architect, Fraser Scott.

“As well as providing extra light in the area, it will be a real point of difference and a highlight of the new Tapuaeharuru area.”

In addition, the wording on the gantry sign on Tongariro Street approaching the Spa Road roundabout will be changed to indicate to drivers that the shortest route to Lake Terrace and the south is to use the Spa Road/Tītīraupenga Street route.

Councillors declined a proposal to remove the judder bars on te Heuheu Street.

The cost of the final phase of the town centre transformation project is $477,000.

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