Foxton Main Street North Project - Design Concepts

1.Overview

In late May a group of Foxton residents gathered for a workshop to prepare design concepts for the upgrade to the northern end of Main Street.  The workshop was attended by residents, building and business owners and community organisations all with a direct connection to this part of the street. They joined forces to discuss, debate and draw ideas for the northern portion of the street upgrade.

This work relates to the northern end of Main Street, Ravensworth Place where it passes in front of Ihakara Gardens and the traffic island that the war memorial sits upon.

Building upon ideas and information gathered from the previous community workshop, the design concepts prepared look to balance the community’s respect for the heritage of the area with the opportunity to create well designed public spaces as part of the street upgrade.  The design concepts also had to meet the functional requirements of residents and businesses immediately adjacent to the project area and present ideas that could be supported by the wider Foxton community.

Design concepts

The workshop produced several design concepts for the street upgrade.  While all different, they all present two important commonalities:

  1. The war memorial remains in its current position
  2. The public space around the war memorial be increased and enhanced

Within the design concepts drawn at the workshop there were many variations but they all condense into four scenarios:

  1. Expand the traffic island
  2. Connect to the north
  3. Connect to the west
  4. Connect to the north and west.  

Existing situation

The images below show the current situation at the northern end of Foxton's Main Street.

Aerial photo of existing situation

This is an aerial photo of the existing situation, taken from high above and looking down onto the streets, roof tops and green spaces.

 Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 1- Expand Island - Aerial photo of existing situation.

Conceptual drawing of existing situation

This is a conceptual drawing also showing the current situation – dark grey showing private property, light grey showing the streets and green showing public land.  

Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 1- Expand Island - conceptual drawing of existing situation.

2.Design Concept 1 - Expand the Traffic Island

The images below show an idea for the northern end of Foxton Main Street's future.

Workshop drawing of the idea proposed

This drawing was prepared by a community member at the recent stakeholder workshop, showing their idea for how the northern end of Main Street could be redeveloped. Several people had similar ideas, which all suggested this concept.

Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 1 - Expand Island - workshop drawing of the proposed idea.

Conceptual drawing of the idea proposed

This is a conceptual drawing of the idea proposed by this design concept.

Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 1- Expand Island - conceptual drawing of the proposed idea.

3.Design Concept 2 - Connect to the north

The images below show an idea for the northern end of Foxton Main Street's future.

Workshop drawing of the idea proposed

This drawing was prepared by a community member at the recent stakeholder workshop, showing their idea for how the northern end of Main Street could be redeveloped. Several people had similar ideas, which all suggested this concept.

Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 2 - Connect North - workshop drawing of proposed idea.

Conceptual drawing of the idea proposed

This is a conceptual drawing of the idea proposed by this design concept.

 Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 2 - Connect North - conceptual drawing of proposed idea.

4.Design Concept 3 - Connect to the west

The images below show an idea for the northern end of Foxton Main Street's future.

Workshop drawing of the idea proposed

This drawing was prepared by a community member at the recent stakeholder workshop, showing their idea for how the northern end of Main Street could be redeveloped. Several people had similar ideas, which all suggested this concept.

Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 3 - Connect West - workshop drawing of proposed idea.

Conceptual drawing of the idea proposed

This is a conceptual drawing of the idea proposed by this design concept.

 Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 3 - Connect West - conceptual drawing of proposed idea.  

5.Design Concept 4 - Connect to the north and west

The images below show an idea for the northern end of Foxton Main Street's future.

Workshop drawing of the idea proposed

This drawing was prepared by a community member at the recent stakeholder workshop, showing their idea for how the northern end of Main Street could be redeveloped. Several people had similar ideas, which all suggested this concept.

Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 4 - Connect North and West - workshop drawing of proposed idea.

Conceptual drawing of the idea proposed

This is a conceptual drawing of the idea proposed by this design concept.

 Foxton Main Street North - Design Concept 4 - Connect North and West - conceptual drawing of proposed idea.

6.What do you think?

We welcome your input as we test these concepts – what do you think are the advantages or disadvantages of each? You can provide feedback online below.

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7.Next Steps

All designs will be tested against relevant technical requirements such as access for Foxton’s Horse Drawn Tram and access for emergency services.

Following this stage of the Main Street North project, the four design concepts will evolve into a preferred concept, which will then determine the design of the upgrade to this part of the street.