Artist impressions of Lyttelton’s new Te Ana Marina released to public
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has today (9 June) released the first artist impressions of what its new Te Ana Marina will look like .
LPC Chief Executive Peter Davie says the images serve to highlight the positive impact that this long-awaited development will bring to the region.
“More than 20 years after the first plans to develop a marina at Lyttelton were unveiled, we hope that today’s new artist impressions will help bring the Te Ana project to life – providing the public with a glimpse of what the area might look like when complete,” says Davie.
“Christchurch will finally have what all other major New Zealand cities have and that is a fully serviced, walk-on marina.”
Te Ana Marina will be built at the site of the inner harbour pile moorings in Lyttelton Harbour, and is the first stage of LPC’s wider regeneration plan to improve public access and amenities in the area.
It will be Canterbury’s only walk-on floating marina, featuring up to 170 berths for yachts and powerboats and a waterfront promenade linking the marina to Lyttelton’s town centre. Construction is expected to start this month (June) and continue throughout 2017 and early 2018.
Last month LPC commissioned independent valuation company Telfer Young to review Lyttelton’s residential property market, and estimate the impact Te Ana Marina could have on property values in the development’s vicinity.
The report concluded that,”the positive attributes of the development will flow through to the desirability of properties overlooking the development, and to a lesser degree to those within walking distance.”
Commenting on the findings, local resident and real estate agent Vicki Tahau Paton says Te Ana will positively contribute to Lyttelton’s growing identity as a thriving port town.
“A development like Te Ana Marina can only be a good thing for Lyttelton and the wider region, giving the township a further sense of pride,” says Vicki, who has lived in Lyttelton for the past 15 years. Her husband, Robert Paton, was born there.
“We have already seen a steady increase in property values as Lyttelton continues its rebuild efforts, and Te Ana will only add to this momentum. From a resident’s perspective, the main drawcard for me is the fact that the area will be useable and functional for everybody – not just the Port. Being able to touch the water again will be a novelty in itself.”
Fellow Lyttelton resident Robyn Robinson agrees, claiming Te Ana is going to be a “fantastic area” for locals and visitors alike.
Robyn’s property is situated on Godley Quay, which overlooks the Te Ana development. LPC has installed a camera to the outside of her house so that live images are be available to the public 24/7 as the marina progresses. The images are live on the LPC website http://www.lpc.co.nz/lpc/harbour-webcam/te-ana-marina/
“I am really excited about the Te Ana Marina and what it means for the local community,” says Robyn. “The new waterfront promenade will be a great asset providing an essential link between the town centre and the marina. It makes my heart sing to think about what this area will soon look like and represent, particuarly as it has been underdeveloped for so long.”
There has been strong demand from boaties looking to secure a berth at the new marina, with more than 170 people registering their interest. There are still limited spaces available, and people are encouraged to contact LPC if they wish to put their name down for licensing a berth.
LPC will continue to liaise with the local community in the lead-up to and throughout construction. Last week two community drop-in meetings were held in Lyttelton to update the public and provide relevant timeframes.
“We recognise that the Te Ana development is important to a number of individuals, groups and organisations,” says Davie.
“LPC has therefore embarked on a programme of reguarly communicating and informing the public as the project advances. This includes providing updates on vehicle access and ensuring the strict enforcement of environmental noise control measures.”
Vehicle access to Te Ana Marina will be via Godley Quay. LPC is working closely with the Christchurch City Council to look at how roading in the area can be improved, particuarly with the expected increase in vehicles. This included making a submission to the Council’s 2017/18 Annual Plan, to address intersection and road safety issues at both Simeon and Godley Quays.
Photo captions: Artist impression of Lyttelton Port of Christchurch’s Te Ana Marina