The man promoting Dunedin's proposed 28-storey hotel has
unveiled plans for a "world class" pedestrian and cyclist
bridge that could provide a missing link to the city's
However, the idea is only the "starting point for a
discussion", with key details - including how much the
sweeping structure would cost and who would pay for it - yet
to be confirmed, Betterways Advisory Ltd director Steve
He presented the bridge plans to the Otago Daily Times
yesterday, saying the project could be a "win-win" for the
city and the developers, but was not an attempt to sweeten
the hotel deal.
His move came as a DCC hearings committee prepared to
consider Betterways' application early next month for
resource consent to build the $100 million hotel at 41 Wharf
Mr Rodgers said the bridge plans were the work of Ignite
Architects, but still needed to be discussed with the
council, KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency staff
once a consent decision was made.
The plans showed the bridge cutting a twisting path from the
Chinese Garden, across the main trunk railway line and Wharf
St to the harbour basin, with glass-covered lifts, stairs and
ramps providing access.
A separate spiral ramp and lift part-way across would provide
direct access to and from the hotel, if built, on the western
side of Wharf St.
The bridge would also pass through three small, decorative
gardens, while steel arches helped suspend the structure
above the road and railway lines.
The bridge would "solve the problem" of restricted access to
and from the waterfront to the Queens Gardens and Chinese
Garden area, Mr Rodgers said.
The council last year scrapped plans that could have resulted
in a similar "landmark" bridge being built on the same spot,
at a cost of up to $3.5 million.
That meant the nearest pedestrian crossing remained a narrow
overbridge beside the Dunedin Railway Station, about 150m
away, which linked to Thomas Burns St.
However, interest in a new crossing beside the Chinese Garden
had re-emerged this year, during consultation on the future
of Dunedin's heritage warehouse precinct.
It was anticipated the new bridge would cost "more than $1
million", at least, Mr Rodgers said.
It was not yet known if the bridge would require a separate
resource consent, and a detailed costing was yet to be
That meant all possible funding arrangements - including the
developer paying for it all, or a cost-sharing deal involving
the council - remained "on the table", and would be discussed
after the hotel consent hearing, he said.
"Just like a ratepayer, no-one wants to pay for it, but
that's part of the negotiation."
As well as providing a link for hotel guests, the bridge
would carry cyclists safely to the waterfront cycleway
running along Portsmouth Dr to Otago Peninsula.
"All we are saying is here is something we would like to talk
to the council [about].
"This is absolutely ideal for our time, to make us a
world-class small city," he said.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull could not be reached for comment