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The new Porirua City Coun­cil sub­com­mit­tee for the City Cen­tre Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Project has ap­pointed con­sult­ing firm Beca to man­age the re­vamp of the city cen­tre.

The sub­com­mit­tee has been set up by the coun­cil to over­see the strate­gic di­rec­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project.

The aim of the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion project is to cre­ate growth and vi­brancy in the city cen­tre, with bet­ter public spa­ces and events, at­tract­ing de­vel­op­ment and more jobs for Porirua cit­i­zens.

Crit­i­cal to its suc­cess are part­ner­ships be­tween the coun­cil, busi­nesses, in­vestors and the com­mu­nity.

Re­flect­ing this is the makeup of the new sub­com­mit­tee, which has six mem­bers.

It will be chaired by mayor Nick Leggett, with coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas as deputy chair­man. Join­ing them will be four in­de­pen­dent mem­bers:

John Feast has been in­volved in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment and pro­vid­ing com­mer­cial ad­vice in Welling­ton for the past 30 to 40 years. He is a prop­erty and share in­vestor with in­ter­est in the re­gion and strong ties to Porirua.

No­rah Bar­low has been the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sum­mer­set since 2001. She has taken the busi­ness from be­ing a small re­tire­ment vil­lage op­er­a­tor on the Kapiti Coast to be­ing the third largest op­er­a­tor and sec­ond largest de­vel­oper in the in­dus­try.

Matiu Rei has been the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Te Ru­nanga o Toa Ran­gatira In­cor­po­rated since 1990, and is of Ngati Toa Ran­gatira de­scent. He is also chair­man of Te Ohu Kaimoana Trust.

Jonathan Cus­tance es­tab­lished ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign firm Cus­tance in Welling­ton in 1985 and Syd­ney in 2000.

The sub­com­mit­tee’s first task was to ap­point a project de­liv­ery unit, ex­ter­nal to the coun­cil, to run the project un­der its guid­ance.

Mr Leggett says four com­pa­nies ten­dered for the role as project deliverer and Beca was ap­pointed.

‘‘We’re look­ing for­ward to the new project de­liv­ery unit get­ting es­tab­lished and re­port­ing through to the sub­com­mit­tee so that the coun­cil can agree to the next steps in the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of our city cen­tre.’’

Mr Leggett says Beca has a proven track record with many pre­vi­ous town and city cen­tre re­de­vel­op­ments un­der its belt.

Beca pro­gramme di­rec­tor Greg Pol­lock says the Beca team is look­ing for­ward to work­ing on the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the city cen­tre and to get­ting the pri­vate sec­tor on board. The Beca team in­cludes Martin Udale and An­thony Bev­er­ley – two well-known prop­erty ex­perts.

‘‘ Cur­rently, the city cen­tre un­der­val­ues the city’s nat­u­ral fea­tures and at­tributes – I’m talk­ing about Porirua Har­bour and Porirua Stream. We want to see an em­pha­sis on mak­ing them front and cen­tre of the re­de­vel­op­ment, all the while aim­ing to evolve the city cen­tre so that it pro­vides a strong heart for the res­i­dents of Porirua,’’ says Mr Pol­lock.

Beca will spend the next three months de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic plan. Rec­om­men­da­tions will be pre­sented to the sub­com­mit­tee for sign- off and, if ap­proved, im­ple­men­ta­tion will be­gin.

Pho­tos: JOHN CHIP­PER

Wild ride: Young sailors strug­gle to re­turn to shore af­ter a fierce southerly whipped up the wa­ters near Plim­mer­ton.

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