Pricier paving for cathedral
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.