Construction is set to begin on the new seawall and walkway at Ōrewa Beach with work planned to start after the busy summer season.
The seawall will protect public access along the esplanade reserve which is being destroyed by erosion and will be situated between Kohu Street and Marine View, says Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair Gary Brown.
The multi-year project is progressing well; with tenders to be awarded in March, the walkway design almost complete and property owner surveys about to start.
Brown says, “I love the design, because with the combination of ramps and stairs, everyone can still access the beach.
“The new concrete shared path above most of the seawall, will be a big improvement on the current bumpy grass track and links up Kinloch and Remembrance reserves.
“It’s going to look amazing; the seawall has a grouted rock surface, and walkway artwork is being designed in collaboration with Ngāti Manuhiri and includes concrete stencils, stair panels and interpretive signage.”
The largest reserve along the walkway, Kinloch Reserve is also getting a makeover as part of the project.
“Kinloch will be a showstopper with people able to sit and enjoy the stunning views in new seating areas, a new footbridge, and a high-tide beach area with pedestrian access on to the beach.”
Construction will take place over two years. It occurs between April and October 2024, stops for the summer season, and resumes between April and October 2025. Contractors will outline how to stage the project and include their preferred start point during the tender process.
Tonkin & Taylor engineers will survey the properties along the length of the seawall. They will produce site-specific reports that document the current condition of the properties before construction starts. The reports will provide a baseline should property owners have any concerns during or after construction.
Brown says, “Ōrewa Beach is popular and it’s such good news that everyone can enjoy walking along the beach, even at high tide. Every effort is being made to consider homeowners and beachgoers during the construction. Ultimately, the new walkway and seawall will be a fabulous addition to the beach.”
For information about the project and to sign up for updates, visit the council website at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
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