Pricier paving for cathe­dral

Central Leader - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween a tri­an­gle and a square?

In the case of St Pa­trick’s Square, about $370,000.

The Auck­land City Coun­cil CBD Board has de­cided to stick with an ex­pen­sive tri­an­gu­lar and hexag­o­nal paving pat­tern for the square up­grade.

The paving de­sign was up for re­con­sid­er­a­tion af­ter a bud­get blowout for the project forced lighting around St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral out of the plans.

The coun­cil ap­proved a $158,000 bud­get in­crease, to be funded from a spe­cial rate paid by cen­tral city ratepay­ers, but also re­quested the tri­an­gu­lar and hexag­o­nal paving pat­tern be re­viewed.

A more sim­ple, rec­tan­gu­lar de­sign could have saved up to $371,000.

But coun­cil CBD projects group man­ager David Jones says it was an ob­vi­ous choice.

“They recog­nised the tri­an­gu­lar pat­tern will re­sult in a high-qual­ity en­vi­ron­ment for the cathe­dral and the square,” he says.

The more ex­pen­sive pat­tern was also en­dorsed by the coun­cil ur­ban de­sign panel.

Al­though the more sim­ple rec­tan­gu­lar pat­tern would still be good qual­ity, it wouldn’t make the square unique, Mr Jones says.

“This is po­ten­tially a real gem in the CBD for us.

“The ben­e­fits to the square are go­ing to out­weigh the costs.”

He says the more in­tri­cate de­sign also links to the his­tory of the cathe­dral’s her­itage cen­tre aisle, un­cov­ered dur­ing restora­tion last year.

St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral busi­ness man­ager Kevin Sher­lock says the de­ci­sion to go with the more detailed pat­tern is great news.

“If you didn’t do some­thing spe­cial, it wouldn’t set off the cathe­dral and ac­knowl­edge the sig­nif­i­cant build­ing that it is,” he says.

He says he is anx­ious to get work un­der way so as not to dis­rupt the cathe­dral’s sched­ule, es­pe­cially dur­ing the wed­ding sea­son over sum­mer.

Work on the square was ex­pected to be­gin to­day.

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