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Civic Administration Building

Lyndon Road East, Hastings

Phone:  (06) 871 5000

Fax:  (06) 871 5100

WWW.hastingsdc.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

 

A G E N D A

 

 

Landmarks Advisory Group MEETING

 

 

 

Meeting Date:

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Time:

3.30pm

Venue:

Landmarks Room

Ground Floor

Civic Administration Building

Lyndon Road East

Hastings

 

Group Members

Chair: Councillor Travers

Acting Mayor Hazlehurst

Councillors Barber, Dixon, O’Keefe and Redstone

Mrs Ruth Vincent (Acting President, Landmarks Trust)

3 Landmarks Trust Executive Members

(Quorum=5 including 3 Councillors)

 

Landmarks Trust Executive Members

Anthea Bailey, Joyce Barry, Barbara Brookfield, John Davidson, Jane Fitzgerald, Kathryn Ingram, Diana McCormack, Robin Middlebrook and Mr Richard Coles

 

Officer Responsible

Parks and Property Services Manager, Colin Hosford

Secretary

Carolyn Hunt (Extn 5634)

 

Landmarks Advisory Group – Terms of Reference

Fields of Activity

The Landmarks Advisory Group is established to advise the Council on planning the implementation of the Landmarks Developments.

 

Membership

Chairman – a Councillor appointed by the Council

4 other Councillor members appointed by the Council

The Landmarks Trust Chair

3 others nominated by the Landmarks Trust

 

Quorum – 5 members including not less than three Councillor members.

 

Delegated Powers

1.   To make recommendations to Council on Landmarks design elements in Council initiated projects.

2.   To approve public art projects that are budgeted for.

3.   To approve grants from the Abbott Bequest.

4.   To make recommendations to the Council on Landmarks projects for inclusion in the LTCCP.

5.   To monitor the Landmarks Development Plan and the Hastings CBD Strategy and its programme delivery and effectiveness.

 

 


 

HASTINGS DISTRICT COUNCIL

 

Landmarks Advisory Group MEETING

 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

 

VENUE:

Landmarks Room

Ground Floor

Civic Administration Building

Lyndon Road East

Hastings

TIME:

3.30pm

 

A G E N D A

 

 

 

1.         Apologies

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

Leave of Absence had previously been granted to Councillor Barber

2.         Conflict of Interest

Members need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arises between their role as a Member of the Council and any private or other external interest they might have. 

3.         Consideration of General Business Items

4.         Confirmation of Minutes

Minutes of the Landmarks Advisory Group held Wednesday 4 October 2017.

(Previously circulated)

5.         Landmarks Trust Update                                                                                          5

6.         Quarterly Report                                                                                                          7

7.         Oak Avenue Tree Management Plan                                                                   13

8.         Keirunga Gardens - Tree Management Plan - First Steps                             19

9.         Karamu Road Upgrade                                                                                           23

10.       Hastings Library - Proposed artistic screen                                                      35

     


File Ref: 17/783

 

 

REPORT TO:               Landmarks Advisory Group

MEETING DATE:        Wednesday 6 December 2017

FROM:                           Parks and Property Services Manager

Colin Hosford

SUBJECT:                    Landmarks Trust Update        

 

 

1.0       INTRODUCTION

1.1       The Landmarks Trust Executive present an update from the Trust’s lastest  Executive meeting.

1.2       Landmarks Trust executive member Joyce Barry will address the Landmarks Advisory Group.

1.3       Key Items

·    History recording:  the History Talks continue to be extremely successful.  Spreading the news in sourcing speakers.

·    Consultation Processes:  Landmarks Trust prime mission – Re-evalue how it’s done and any fresh avenues possible to be considered.

·    Art installation:  a possible whimsical public art proposal.

·    During the revamp of Windsor Park the Landmarks Trust seeks to have further input into planning, well before final recommendations are presented to the public.

 

2.0       RECOMMENDATION

            That the report of the Parks and Property Services Manager titled “Landmarks Trust Update” dated 6 December 2017 be received.

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

 


File Ref: 17/907

 

 

REPORT TO:               Landmarks Advisory Group

MEETING DATE:        Wednesday 6 December 2017

FROM:                           Parks Planning and Development Manager

Rachel Stuart

SUBJECT:                    Quarterly Report        

 

 

1.0      SUMMARY

 

1.1      The purpose of this report is to update the Landmarks Advisory Group on current Council and community projects that have an impact on Landmarks goals.  This report is for information and feedback purposes.

 

2.0      PROJECTS

 

            2017/18 CBD Vibrancy Fund Enhancements

2.1       While the Hastings CBD has had extensive street improvements over the last 20 years, both Council and the business community recognise the need to maintain investment in the CBD to enable it to remain a vibrant and attractive place to do work and do business in. 

2.2       Following extensive community consultation, Council adopted the 2013 City Centre Plan and 2015 Hastings City Vibrancy Plan, which includes the vision and proposed action plan for the CBD. 

2.3       A new funding stream titled the Vibrancy Fund, was included in the 2015-25 Long Term Plan (LTP) to assist in the implementation of these identified actions.

2.4       The Vibrancy Plan contains specific actions focused upon developing a Hastings CBD improvement programme that builds on and complements that intent of the strategy.  The following projects have been approved funding allocation for 2017/18 to meet the objectives of the Vibrancy Plan.    

 

Stage Relocation and Improvements

2.5       The location, design and functionality of the stage in the mall has been raised on a number of occasions by users of the facility, as well as the community and members of the Hastings City Business Association.  

2.6       With regard to location, the stage is currently set approximately 20 metres back from the pedestrian ‘desire line’, with a 9 metre grass verge directly in front.  This results in a lack of direct interaction between stage performers and pedestrians, especially when the grass area is damp or muddy.

2.7       While the stage is located facing due south with associated wind problems, more problematic is the absence of a back wall to the stage, making performers feel exposed, together with difficulties in creating backdrops and concealing (and providing) necessary technical equipment.  

2.8       Officers are working with an architect to provide a concept to relocate the stage further towards the mall, retaining all of the artistic design features of the roof.  In addition, it is proposed to build an extension to the back of the stage, which would provide both the necessary back wall, but also provide two storage areas: one area for the proposed tables and chairs for use in the mall, and the other for technical equipment required for performances.   This area will also enable Council to safely store onsite technical equipment, which will encourage greater use of the stage by performers who currently have to bring or hire their own sound equipment.

Tables and Chairs

2.9       The provision of outdoor café tables and chairs for shoppers and CBD workers to sit and enjoy a coffee or lunch is another component of a successful and vibrant CBD.   If these are freestanding and lightweight, it provides the user the freedom to move them to a location and configuration that suits their needs.   The provision of such furniture requires the provision of a nearby facility to store them in, which is proposed as part of the stage extension.  City Assist could be charged with the daily pack in and out.

2.10    It is also proposed to remove three of the six Pin Oak trees within the CBD mall, which were closely planted, and are now impacting on the growth of the adjoining trees, as well as restricting light in the mall.  The Council arborist has assessed the trees, and supports the proposal, which will allow the remaining trees to flourish.  The planters will have timber seats attached to them to further improve the seating provision in the mall. 

Snake Light Flag Tracks

2.11    Over the past couple of years, Council has rolled out the provision of a flag track system on over 150 street lights on the main routes within Flaxmere, Hastings and Havelock North to improve the amenity of the streetscape, and facilitate the cost effective marketing of events within the District.

2.12    The provision of flag tracks on the CBD ‘snake lights’ are included in the proposed Stage 3 of this roll out.  Given the lights unique design, they require a specially fabricated flag track, which has been manufactured and trialled on one of the lights at the entrance to the LFR Retail Park.  The provision of these track systems will benefit a number of events wishing to promote within the direct CBD, as well as the ability to promote Christmas and the Blossom Parade related images and messages. 

Queen Street Improvements

2.13    Consultation and feedback from building owners has identified a desire to improve the visual appeal of the Queen Street block between Russell Street and Hastings Street. 

2.14    Council will invest in the provision of shrubs in formal containers, to be located either directly in front of businesses, or on the footpath beside the kerb.  Final consultation will be carried out in the coming weeks with building owners and tenants.

 

 

East Block Façade Enhancement

2.15    Officers are concentrating façade enhancement efforts in the 100 and 200 Heretaunga Street East blocks, and working with building owners to enhance the remaining 11 buildings yet to take advantage of the scheme.  To date 6 of the 11 targeted buildings in this block have made contact and working with officers on proposals.  

Mall Lighting

2.16    The provision of amenity lighting has been successful in highlighting and enhancing a number of buildings, artworks, trees and other features within the CBD.   This amenity lighting will be extended to include feature lighting within the mall.

Heretaunga Street West Pocket Park/Laneway Project

2.17    The Hastings City Centre Strategy and City Centre Parking Strategy both identify the need for developing cross-block pedestrian connections throughout the CBD to link with appropriately located parking facilities.  Creating small public spaces integrated into the city’s pedestrian network is another of the Strategy’s objectives.  The strategy acknowledges that opportunities to fulfil these objectives would only come about if property owners of suitable buildings and land were to offer them to market.

2.18    In response to these objectives, in July 2017 Council purchased the building at 325 Heretaunga Street West, as the location of a laneway and linkage through the carpark accessed off Queen Street.

2.19    Officers are working with a design team that includes Jacob Scott, Philip Henderson and Jeremy Salmond (Heritage Architect) on the design of this inner city pocket park. 

2.20    A resource and building consent is yet to be lodged, but it is the intention to demolish the building, while retaining key architectural features where possible; including the art deco façade.

2.21    The budget for the project is $1,030,000, including purchase and development.

2.22    Officers will provide some draft concept plans at the meeting, with the intention that additional plans will be presented to the Group in early 2018 for comment.

 

            Te Mata Park Developments

2.23    There are two developments currently underway within Te Mata Park, to add new public facilities.  These projects are in accordance with the recently approved Management Plan, with Council overseeing the projects on behalf of the Te Mata Park Trust Board.

2.24    A new toilet and bike wash facility are being constructed at the Tauroa Road entrance to Te Mata Park; and a new toilet, bike wash, shelter and carpark are being constructed at the Main Gate entrance to Te Mata Park on Te Mata Peak Road.

2.25    Alexander Construction is the lead contractor for the toilets at both locations, with work on schedule for completion in February.  A range of bespoke furniture has been designed for the picnic area and viewing areas along the walkway.  FEL Group will produce picnic tables, seats, a platform seat and litter bins for the project.

2.26    Fulton Hogan have just begun site works for the carpark and new walkways which will be created around the carpark and connect to the toilets and picnic area.

2.27    All works are due to be completed in late February 2018. Landscape plans for both entrances are being prepared and a large amount of native planting will follow in autumn to complete the development.

 

 

3.0       EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Conference

3.1       The Annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful Conference was held in Hastings in October, with the Awards Ceremony held at Craggy Range Winery.

3.2       At these awards, Havelock North was awarded the title of Most Beautiful Suburb.   In addition, Hastings District councillor Henare O’Keefe was awarded the title of the Local Hero Award; Flaxmere’s Morgan Educare took out the Sustainable Schools Award; and Most Sustainable Business Project was won by the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market.

Rose Sunday

3.3      A love of roses, live entertainment and a fantastic venue drew more than 500 people to Rose Sunday on 12 November.

3.4      The roses turned it on with the more than 5500 bushes blooming for the day. It was the 50th anniversary of the rose gardens and it is intended that the event, which used to be held annually, will once again be held every year, in November.

3.5      Rose Sunday is organised by the Hastings Rose Society and Council.  

3.6      Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst unveiled a plaque acknowledging the donation of a pavilion in park, made by the Rose Society and the Lattey family.

Spring Spruce Up Awards 2017

3.7      Entries for the Spring Spruce Up Awards closed on 3 November with over 40 high quality entrants received in both the ‘Before and After’ and ‘Open’ Categories.   All entries were of an extremely high calibre this year, and all worthy of recognition.  In response, 6 awards of Highly Commended were also given.

3.8      The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 27 November 2017 at the Council Chambers.

 

4.0       RECOMMENDATIONS AND REASONS

A)        That the report of the Parks Planning and Development Manager titled Quarterly Report dated 6/12/2017 be received.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

 


File Ref: 17/1128

 

 

REPORT TO:               Landmarks Advisory Group

MEETING DATE:        Wednesday 6 December 2017

FROM:                           Parks Landscape and Projects Officer

Bart Leslie

SUBJECT:                    Oak Avenue Tree Management Plan        

 

 

1.0       INTRODUCTION

1.1       The purpose of this report is to seek feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group on a proposed Tree Management Plan for Oak Avenue.

1.2       An arborist report on this significant stand of historic trees identifies some critical actions that are recommended to be undertaken to ensure Oak Avenue is safely looked after for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

2.0       BACKGROUND

2.1       Ormond Road or as it is more commonly known Oak Avenue, contains an iconic avenue of 327 trees.  The avenue is protected under Council’s District Plan, due to their historical significance.

2.2       Given the significance of these trees they are monitored and maintained on an annual basis to ensure they are responsibly managed and retained for as long as possible.  

2.3       However, following some limb failures last year, officers engaged external arborists, Arborlab Consultancy Services, to develop a Risk Assessment and Management Plan for the trees in Oak Avenue, in order guide Council in the management of these trees, with a view to ensuring their long term future.

3.0       CURRENT SITUATION

3.1       The Risk Assessment and Management Plan has identified 58 out of 327 trees for removal.  They are assessed as being in either a poor or very poor condition.

3.2       The majority of the 58 trees recommended for removal are juvenile or semi mature. See table below.

 

Age Class

Proposed Removals

 

Juvenile

35

 

Semi Mature

9

 

Mature

12

 

Veteran

2

 

Total

58

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.3       The management of tree avenues can be very difficult. Maintaining the avenue effect when trees have been removed or failed is problematic as newly planted trees often struggle to compete for sunlight and other resources.

3.4       Many of the trees in this avenue have been planted too closely given the ultimate growth dimensions of the species.  Most of the species in the avenue have dimensions in excess of a 30 metre canopy spread when at maturity, yet the planting spacing is often less than ten metres, and in some cases as little as five metres.

3.5       This has led to a densely packed canopy with minimal light penetration to the ground for any newly planted trees.  Oak trees are largely shade intolerant and therefore require an open canopy when planted in an avenue situation.

3.6       Historically, tree removals with the avenue have been replaced on a one for one basis with what appears to be little thought of the above growth issues.

3.7       While these historic removals were carried out to address tree health or safety reasons, but the follow up planting in the same location has produced juvenile to semi mature trees with poor form that are most unlikely to become trees that can contribute positively to the avenue.  Some rationalisation of the newly planted and young trees is suggested to allow a more consistent avenue effect, with trees of good form that will ultimately contribute more positively to the avenue long term.

3.8       To address the current health and safety issues and to ensure a succession planting plan is activated, the Arborlab Plan recommends removing 58 of the 327 trees.  The trees earmarked for removal are either in a poor or very poor condition.  See Attachment 1.

3.9       On the more positive side, the Arborlab Plan also recommends the planting of 20 new oak trees in specific areas or gaps made available by the removal of the poor specimens.  This will ensure Oak Avenue will remain a historic streetscape for future generations to enjoy.

3.10    The final outcome of this planned action will be that the avenue effect will be maintained and its longevity protected, by having a variation in tree age of the avenue and through taking the opportunity to rationalise tree locations where possible.

3.11    Officers would see the project being staged over two to three years, subject to funding.   

4.0       SUMMARY

4.1       Oak Avenue is a much loved streetscape but it is suffering from overcrowding which in turn is detrimentally affecting the health of many trees.  This in turn is going to impact on the overall longevity of the avenue itself, if left to nature and not proactively managed.

4.2       The current reactive maintenance approach does not remedy the health and condition of the trees.  This approach also comes with a level of risk in terms of likely ongoing limb failures.  It also would see Council failing to renew the avenue for the enjoyment of future generations.

4.3       The arborist report recommends the removal of 58 of 327 trees from Oak Avenue and the planting of 20 new trees to rationalise the avenue planting for its long term health and community benefit.

4.4       Officers believe that Council should carry out recommended tree removal and rationalised succession planting.  This option is considered the most comprehensive long term option, as it delivers immediate health benefits to Oak Avenue, and also provides a long term vision of planned succession planting, that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

4.5       This report seeks feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group on the proposed tree removal and replanting plan.

5.0       RECOMMENDATIONS AND REASONS

A)        That the report of the Parks Landscape and Projects Officer titled Oak Avenue Tree Management Plan dated 6/12/2017 be received for feedback purposes.

 

Attachments:

 

1

Oak Avenue Photos

CFM-15-1-7-17-43

 

 

 

 


Oak Avenue Photos

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File Ref: 17/1199

 

 

REPORT TO:               Landmarks Advisory Group

MEETING DATE:        Wednesday 6 December 2017

FROM:                           Parks Landscape and Projects Officer

Bart Leslie

SUBJECT:                    Keirunga Gardens - Tree Management Plan - First Steps        

 

 

1.0       INTRODUCTION

1.1       The purpose of this report is to seek feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group on a proposed Tree Management Plan for Keirunga Gardens.

2.0       BACKGROUND

2.1       Tree issues in Keirunga Gardens have been a growing concern in recent times.  Council fields ongoing requests for tree removal, particularly from the neighbouring residents on the southern boundary of Keirunga Gardens.  The residents’ concerns include the height of the trees and the risk of limb failure, shading of dwellings and the nuisance of leaf and debris falling into their properties, year round.

2.2       In addition, recently there have been a number of large tree failures in the Arthur’s Path area of Keirunga Gardens which is adding to residents’ concerns and those of the local Keirunga Gardens Heritage Action Society (KGHAS).

2.3       The residents’ requests to remove large trees are often contrary to the general view of the wider community and park users who value the amenity the existing trees provide to Keirunga Gardens.  This does not however mean the concerns of the residents’ are not real or legitimate, but it does mean a cautious approach is taken by staff in addressing requests.

2.4       While there has been little proactive maintenance carried out on the majority of trees in the Arthur’s Path valley, until recent years, the tree stock has been considered to be in reasonably stable condition and fit for purpose.

2.5       A Reserve Management Plan (RMP) for Keirunga Gardens was adopted in 2010.  Objectives within the RMP determined that a long term planting plan be developed in consultation with the Keirunga Gardens Heritage Action Society (KGHAS).

The pertinent Objectives of the RMP are as follows;

 

3.1.2         To plant and establish appropriate tree and garden environments on Keirunga Gardens for the benefit of reserve users.

 

3.1.3         To implement a long term planting plan in conjunction with the Keirunga Gardens Heritage Action Society.

 

3.1.4          To protect and manage trees and vegetation located within Keirunga Gardens in accordance with the Hastings Tree and Vegetation Guidelines.

2.6       Bearing in mind the recent tree failures, especially those associated with storm events and the current state of the tree stock in this area of Keirunga Gardens, it is timely to now develop a long term tree succession plan in order to protect and ensure develop a lasting park legacy for the future.

3.0       CURRENT SITUATION

3.1       The majority of the mature trees in the Arthur’s Path area of Keirunga Gardens have had little proactive tree maintenance over the course of their lives. They have been left to develop naturally with typically only reactive maintenance being carried out as required. This has now led to a significant proportion of the overall tree stock being poor specimens with a lot of poor form, dead wood, and limb and tree failure.

3.2       While requests to remove trees are growing, officers have advised residents that there is to be no further tree removal unless they are dead, dying, or dangerous, and not until a tree succession plan has been adopted by Council.

3.3       Officers have been working with Chris Ryan who is a local tree expert with vast experience in tree management in Hawkes Bay.  Chris has been a driving force in the development of the vision for the Guthrie Smith Arboretum at Tutira.  Council has consulted with Chris on tree issues in the past and is now working with him to utilise his specialist knowledge as part of the development of a tree succession plan for Keirunga Gardens.

3.4       Officers have also met with the KGHAS to discuss a tree succession plan.  Initial consultation has been positive and with a shared understanding that a number of poor trees should be removed in order to realise an improved long term vision.

3.5       Chris Ryan will be leading a site visit to Keirunga Gardens prior to the LAG meeting, to discuss the current state of the tree stock in Keirunga Gardens and to share a preliminary vision for a comprehensive tree management plan for Keirunga Gardens.

3.6       While it is early in the planning process, the recent tree failures and initial condition assessments suggest that a significant proportion of problematic trees, including those planted on the upper slopes adjacent to the Kopanga Road, can be systematically removed and replaced with a new and dynamic tree palette.

3.7       A planned approach to reshaping the Keirunga Gardens landscape is recommended so that poor trees are removed, good trees are retained and new trees are introduced and incorporated to deliver a long term enhanced parkland.

3.8       Chris Ryan is in the process of developing a preliminary plan that he will share with the Group during the planned Keirunga Gardens walkover and further discuss with members at the LAG meeting itself. 

4.0       SUMMARY

4.1       The Landmarks Advisory Group are invited and urged to firstly take part in the on-site walkover and secondly to give feedback on the draft scheme being formulated to protect and ensure the trees of Keirunga Gardens are retained for future generations to endure. 

4.2       Issues to be discussed are likely to include;

·    Tree removal

·    A tree replacement palette

·    Staging of removal and replanting works

4.3       This report seeks feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group, on the Tree Management Plan be developed for Keirunga Gardens.

 

5.0       RECOMMENDATIONS AND REASONS

A)        That the report of the Parks Landscape and Projects Officer titled Keirunga Gardens - Tree Management Plan - First Steps dated 6/12/2017 be received for information and feedback purposes only.

B)        That a Tree Management Plan for Keirunga Gardens be developed and returned to a future Landmarks Advisory Group meeting for endorsement.

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

 


File Ref: 17/1201

 

 

REPORT TO:               Landmarks Advisory Group

MEETING DATE:        Wednesday 6 December 2017

FROM:                           Projects and Public Space Manager

Russell Engelke

SUBJECT:                    Karamu Road Upgrade        

 

 

1.0       SUMMARY

1.1       The purpose of this report is to seek feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group on the proposed streetscape treatment for Karamu Road between St. Aubyn Street and Eastbourne Street East.

2.0       BACKGROUND

2.1       While both the Hastings and Havelock North CBD’s have gone through extensive street improvement programmes over the last 20 years, both Council and the business community recognise the need to maintain investment in the CBD areas for them to remain a vibrant and attractive place to do business. 

2.2       Over the past 12 months, officers have been progressing a streetscape design for Karamu Road that reinforces the key linkages between Kmart and Civic Square.

3.0       CURRENT SITUATION

3.1       Officers have further developed the concept designs previously presented to Landmarks Advisory Group and the Economic Development & Urban Affairs Committee, and present this updated design for final feedback.

3.2       Officers have discussed the design with service providers to ensure forward renewal programmes coincide with the project implementation. Consultation has occurred regarding the condition of existing kerb and channel, street lighting improvements, CCTV coverage and parking demand in the CBD.

4.0       PROPOSED STREETSCAPE DESIGN

4.1       Tree Locations

From a landscape perspective, the ideal treatment would be to implement an avenue effect along the entire length of Karamu Road, using trees of a scale and look that identify this road as a major routeway in Hastings.   The Landmarks Development Plan identifies Karamu Road as a key road axis of similar importance to that of Heretaunga Street. 

4.2       Landmarks Advisory Group saw the first concept design at a meeting on 28 June 2017, and as a resolution, asked officers to return with a more detailed design and attempt to have trees either side of the street opposite one another where achievable. This plan has been developed and is presented as Attachment 1

4.3       Continuing on from the recently completed planting of Rata species on both sides of Karamu Road North from Kenilworth through to St. Aubyn Street, this streetscape plan seeks to continue the tree lined avenue from St Aubyn Street to Eastbourne Street East for this key routeway.  This 500 metre section of Karamu Road has been examined from a landscape perspective and a plan drawn up of potential locations for street trees to be installed.  These locations take into account under and above ground infrastructure, parking demand and usage in the street, and recommended close spacing between trees.

4.4       All trees would be located in standard HDC tree pits to protect infrastructure. These pits would be installed either in the footpaths, close to the kerb edge, or in the parking lane. This would still allow 2 metres of footpath width for pedestrians.  With trees set 0.5 metres back from the kerb, no issues would be experienced with vehicles opening doors.

4.5       As both the Landmarks Advisory Group and Council have already adopted the use of Rata species for Karamu Road North, it would seem appropriate to continue with this planting theme.  The tree guards and supports have been well received and as such are recommended to be continued.  They are cost effective, re-usable, decorative and effective in protecting the trees from the wind effects and vandalism.

4.6       Officers have studied the underground service information and the planting of street trees in pits in footpaths and or parking lanes appears to be achievable for most of Karamu Road.  It is also proposed to undertake potholing at key locations to confirm the siting of underground services so as to ensure they are not compromised.  Where underground services are an issue, there exists scope to shift the proposed locations of trees within the existing footpath to ensure the paired avenue effect is achieved.

4.7       Flagtrax

4.8       The use of flags on key arterial streets in Hastings has been rolled out over recent years.  While they don’t have the large scale presence of an established street tree, they can provide a visual impact all year round without having any adverse effect on infrastructure. The flags themselves can be changed according to the season or district events.

4.9       Proposed Paving Bands

4.10    In addition to proposing an enhanced tree scape, the plan also proposes the laying of Nubrik® paving bands across the footpath from kerb edge or the tree pit to the private property boundary.   Where the existing hot mix surface is in a good condition it will be retained to help manage costs.  Where sections require total renewal, a whole section will be replaced during construction.  This technique of creating a repetitive element has already been used in the outer Hastings CBD and in the recently completed Karamu Road North section from St. Aubyn Street to Frederick Street. For the proposed paving layout, see Attachment 2.

4.11    Lighting

4.12    The style of lighting used in Hastings Street alongside the Opera House have been highly successful in providing a visual presence and sense of arrival. Officers recommend the use of lights and poles of a similar design in all four blocks of Karamu Road.   Six to eight poles are proposed per block, opposite each other where possible to reinforce the repetitive avenue effect.  The double sided Flagtrax system would also be installed for enhanced visual impact.  It is also envisaged the future upgrade of Eastbourne Street should also use these same poles to provide a useful visual link to the cultural precinct.

5.0       TREES AND PARKING SPACE IMPACT

5.1       In order to accommodate the tree-lined avenue, the landscape design impacts on parking provision.  The following table shows the impact of the proposed street trees on the existing parking scenario:

Block

Existing number of trees

New number of trees

Existing parking bays

Proposed parking bays

St Aubyn to Avenue

3

10 (+2)

13

11

Avenue to Queen

4

16 (+2)

17

15

Queen to Heretaunga

6

12

19

17

Heretaunga to Eastbourne

3

14

14

12

NETT CHANGE

 

+40

 

-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.2       Essentially the introduction of 40 new trees will seek to create an impressive streetscape statement as vehicles and pedestrians enter from the north.  It will result in a small loss of carpark spaces but on balance, officers feel the enhancement benefits outweigh the loss of eight spaces over some 500 metres of road. 

6.0       RECOMMENDATIONS

6.1       The proposed streetscape continues the palette included in enhancements currently underway along Karamu Road North from the Showgrounds to St. Aubyn Street.  Officers believe the scope of work included in this design will enhance the streetscape connection back to the central CBD. 

6.2       Officers seek feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group on this proposed urban design for the key Karamu Road streetscape, before finalising the design, prior to Council adopting it.

 

7.0       RECOMMENDATIONS

That the report of the Projects and Public Space Manager titled “Karamu Road Upgrade” dated 6/12/2017 be received for feedback and endorsement.

 

 

Attachments:

 

1

KR 30 Karamu Road nts 181017 coloured(2)

PRJ17-96-0010

2

KR 31 Karamu Road 425 181017 coloured

PRJ17-96-0011

3

KR 32 Karamu Road 425 181017 coloured

PRJ17-96-0012

4

KR 33 Karamu Road 425 181017 coloured

PRJ17-96-0013

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Karamu Road paving detail

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REPORT TO:               Landmarks Advisory Group

MEETING DATE:        Wednesday 6 December 2017

FROM:                           Parks and Property Services Manager

Colin Hosford

SUBJECT:                    Hastings Library - Proposed artistic screen        

 

 

1.0       INTRODUCTION

1.1       Council’s Building team has been working with local heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) professionals on the design of an upgraded air conditioning system for the Hastings Central Library.

1.2       Due to the design of the existing building and budget limitations, the planned HVAC new system has the potential to impact on the visual amenity of Civic Square.

1.3       This report seeks the feedback from Landmarks Advisory Group on a proposed artistic façade to help screen the HVAC units from the Civic Square open space.

2.0       BACKGROUND

2.1       The HVAC systems in the Central Library are coming to the end of their useful life.  Essentially they cannot provide the required level of environmental or climate control expected in a modern library facility. 

2.2       Officers have engaged the services of engineers to design an affordable system that will deliver a suitable environment in all seasons. 

3.0       CURRENT SITUATION

3.1       The designers first returned with a system that included a number of large units that were to be located on the north facing first floor parapet, overlooking the Civic Square open park area. 

3.2       Officers were uncomfortable with the design, which was very obtrusive and easily viewed from the pou and grass area that lies between the library and the Russell Street South carpark precinct.  Because of these concerns, officers requested for a scheme redesign that would be less obtrusive and less likely to draw negative feedback.

3.3       The new redesigned HVAC system reduces the height of the units considerably and makes them less obvious.  Despite this, officers have sought an alternative or additional way of softening the units’ visual impact on level of amenity of the local environment. 

3.4       The artistic talents of a local artist and trusted engineer were called upon to design a screen that could be erected to help soften or even hide the units from view.  Two first cut options are attached for the Group’s consideration and feedback.  Attachments  1 and 2.

3.5       The designs offer two diverse options.  One seeks to build on the basic leaf pattern used already a feature of the Hastings CBD while the second design, offers a fresh, but more obvious treatment that builds on the library being a place for people and books. 

3.6       Both designs would be constructed out of steel sheet.  The leaf option could be either solid, perforated or coloured, depending on the final look and feel to be achieved.  The additional treatments will add to the final cost.  The cut out figure option could also be coloured however the artist feels a darker solid colour will offer a stronger and more discernible silhouette effect.  This option, due to its simplicity is the cheapest option. 

4.0       SUMMARY

4.1       The planned HVAC improvements to the Hastings Library will offer an improved internal environment however the current building layout brings constraints to how the solution can be installed on the exterior at a reasonable cost, without impacting on the local level of amenity.

4.2       While Council itself has informally agreed to pursue the screening option, it has also asked that feedback from the Landmarks Advisory Group be sought to help ensure a tasteful and worthy design solution is achieved. 

4.3       The Group is therefore requested to discuss the options and give feedback on the designs put forward. 

 

5.0       RECOMMENDATIONS

A)        That the report of the Parks and Property Services Manager titled Hastings Library - Proposed artistic screen dated 6/12/2017 be received for discussion and feedback purposes.

 

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Hastings Library Roof Fence Figures

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Hastings Library Roof Fence Concept Leaves

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