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Inner harbour development project a winner

Development of Gisborne’s inner harbour area has been recognised with an award.

Fulton Hogan and Gisborne District Council received top honours for stage 2 of the development at the Hawke’s Bay and East Coast Civil Contractors Recognition Awards on Friday.

Stage 2, which took five months to complete, was awarded best project in the $1 million to $3 million category.

The inner harbour project was a key component in showcasing Tairawhiti to the world during the Tuia 250 commemorations.

In partnership with Eastland Port and Ngati Oneone, the aim was to transform the waterfront into a natural visitor destination and thriving hospitality precinct.

Work included enhancements to new and upgraded parking, a new toilet, green spaces with landscaping, improved lighting and pedestrian and cycle-friendly connections.

Cultural elements were woven throughout the space to make it a destination where people can experience and reflect on the district’s navigational heritage.

Funded by the Provincial Growth Fund, the National Land Transport Fund and the council, the $2.9m development involved the removal of contaminated soil followed by a stormwater upgrade and streetscape project.

Picture by Rebecca Grunwell