|Our Environment: Issue 7 Autumn 1996:|
Visitors to the city have been attracted to a particular corner of Manchester Street since December 1995. The Manchester Street carpark has received a dramatic facelift after prompting from the Central City East Revitalisation Group over the last two years.
The City Council agreed to work with the group towards transforming what was an undeniably drab edifice into what is now a colourful and quirky feature of the street.
The eyecatching murals added to the exterior were designed by Chris Finlayson, an artist from Wellington, who is renowned for his enhancement of buildings using murals. His works include the magnificent work adorning the Royal Forest and Bird Society building in Wellington and the striking mural on the waterfront building in Nelson.
Other improvements to the building include the waterblasting of the exterior concrete columns and the bright painting of the safety rails. The vertical steel framework supporting decorative steel panels and the carpark signage have been repaired and a new verandah has been installed along Manchester Street. Accessible toilet facilities have also been installed.
Future plans to enhance the carpark building include upgrading the foyer and western stairwell and installing surveillance cameras to improve security.
Parking Services Officer