Island Bay village upgrades

We are upgrading the public spaces and look and feel of the Island Bay shopping centre along The Parade.

Project update – January 2024

Works on the Island Bay Parade safety improvement and upgrade will begin 23 January 2024. These works will be undertaken between 7.30am to 5pm Monday-Friday.

The scope of work includes improvements to the area’s environment, bike network, lighting, public spaces, heritage, and parking. This includes resurfacing the footpaths and crossings to improve accessibility and safety, creating appealing places to stop and rest with new seating options, installing new bins and bike racks, and creating more space for businesses where people can sit and relax. 

Traffic management

Pedestrian access will be maintained in the work zone and around the intersection. There will be crew onsite to help vulnerable users access the space where necessary. These works will temporarily affect bus stops along route 1 and the team will alert the public of the next closest stop.

About the project

The aim of the village upgrade is to improve access, increase safety, and strengthen the suburb's special identity. Funding for the project was approved in our Long-Term Plan 2021-2031.

The village upgrade project covers the main shopping area in conjunction with the Parade Safety Improvements project that looks at creating a separate cycle lane and road markings. These two projects will be delivered together.

Working with people who live and run businesses in the area, we developed a concept design that will:

  • prioritise pedestrians
  • strengthen the identity and special character of Island Bay village
  • improve safety and accessibility
  • provide more attractive and functional spaces for community activity
  • resurface footpaths and improve the lighting.

Design plan

To improve access and safety, and accentuate the suburb's coastal location, the new design elements include:

Environment: Garden beds with native coastal plants and grasses, and raised planter boxes.

Lighting: New lighting in the pedestrian laneway between The Parade and Clyde Street, up lights to make a feature of the trees and seats.

Public spaces: Resurface footpaths to improve accessibility and safety, create appealing places to stop and rest with new benches and bespoke site-specific seats, install new bins and bike racks, and create more space for businesses where people can sit and relax.

Arts and heritage: Include stories and quotes that reflect the area's history in surfaces and signs, and have local artists develop murals on the public toilets and in the laneway between The Parade and Clyde Street.

Outside Island Bay Library: Upgrade the outdoor space so it is more appealing and accessible, create a place where people can stop and sit, and make some changes that will appeal to children.

Parking: Relocate existing carparks and convert the four car parks on Avon Street converted to P60. This will increase the number of carparks in the town centre from 50 to 54 P60 parks, plus 3 accessible parks and 2 taxi parks within 2-5 minutes walking from the main shopping area.

Island Bay village upgrades scope (1.40MB PDF)

Island Bay village upgrades annotated concept plan (14MB PDF)

Island Bay village upgrades parking plan (1.18MB PDF)

Bike lane connection

The changes planned on The Parade through the main shopping centre have been designed to cohesively link and complement the bike lane improvements that have been completed.

The design has a marked path that will connect with the lanes north and south of the shops for people who want to safely and slowly bike or scoot into or through the shopping centre.

Together, these changes will allow people of all ages and abilities to ride more safely all the way along The Parade if they want to. They will also make it clear where people should ride or expect to see bikes, and where pedestrians have priority.

For detailed information, and history on the safety improvements project please visit The Parade – Transport projects.

Wharepaku mural painting

Experienced local muralist Gina Kiel painted the public wharepaku on the corner of The Parade and Medway Street in the first stage of these works.

For more information on this mural read the Our Wellington story: Mural brings colourful vibes to Island Bay parade.

Contact us

JFC are the contractor responsible for the works. If you have any questions or concerns about the project, or want to get in touch with our Urban Design team, contact us at the address below.