At the 2016 LGNZ EXCELLENCE Awards
Chorus Excellence Award for Best Practice in Infrastructure Management.
Highly Commended: Napier City Council’s ‘Marine Parade Outfall and Viewing Platform’.
This project fused functionality and aesthetic beauty in the design of a new stormwater outfall. The Marine Parade Outfall and Viewing Platform is a key part of the overall upgrade of the Napier inner city stormwater network.
Following a number of flooding events over the years, Napier City Council recognised it needed to review and upgrade its city centre stormwater network and find a way to push water away from the city. From 1995 the council began setting aside a portion of rates to upgrade the capacity of the stormwater network to address these issues.
Council staff led a team, involving external contractors, to tackle a project which carried inherent environmental complexities, resulting in an outcome which is a blend of many years of hard work, careful preparation and thoughtful design.
Work began in 2012, with much of the project centred beneath one of the CBD’s main streets. With much forethought, part of the pipeline was laid three years ago so it would not disrupt the development of the MTG Hawke’s Bay museum.
With all other work being completed underground, the outfall pipe represents the final journey for flood water to safely run from the inner city to the sea – delivering at the same time a masterful blend of functional engineering and 21st century design.
Delivered for just over $1.5 million and in time for the 2015/16 tourist season, the viewing platform, topped by its “cloud” cover has become the most photographed structure on Marine Parade and a destination experience for locals and visitors alike.
Judges praised the council for delivering an essential infrastructure project to such high quality, within budget and with a high level of community support.
This article was first published in the August 2016 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.