Council shares soaring vision for key precinct
Construction is about to start on the $28 million project, which was fast-tracked in May during the COVID-19 slump to limit the disruption to traders and maximise the city’s appeal once tourists return.
In order to facilitate an accelerated program, council has adopted a three-staged delivery, which includes construction of the footpath as the first stage.
The second stage will be the construction of the road and landscaping in September and the outdoor dining area in October. The last stage will be completed in February 2021.
“We need to make the most of this stunning location and redevelopment of the Esplanade Dining Precinct will certainly enhance the experience for those visiting our city,” Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said.
“No one likes the disruption these works will cause, but by undertaking these works now, we will be ready for the return of strong visitor numbers.”
Council today also endorsed the establishment of the Esplanade Dining Precinct Advisory Committee, which includes the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Terry James, Division 5 Councillor Amy Eden and CEO John Andrejic, to assist the project meeting the new timeframes.
The council says the new flythroughs, along with refined concept designs, highlight the Esplanade Dining Precinct’s engaging layout.
It features contemporary awnings for weather protection, an extended dining area, modified and gently curving road alignment, extra footpaths, vertical gardens and grassed mounds.
The retention of one-way traffic along Esplanade allows for safer pedestrian movements and will also reduce unwanted noise.
Check out a flythrough HERE
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