Promenade works updatePosted Friday 20 October 2017
Balmoral Promenade sections which are nearly completed are being progressively opened for public access during the warmer Spring months as they are deemed safe with the project on track for most upgrades to be completed in November.
Once concrete works in a section are completed, the concrete needs to be cured prior to the application of a stain-proof sealant which protects the concrete surface.
Most sections will be finished in October with some remaining areas set to be opened in November, but to minimise inconvenience to the public over Summer, planned seating works at the southern end of Balmoral Reserve have been postponed until after the Easter holidays in 2018 so that the promenade may be opened in late November this year.
The promenade works have provided a consistent surface quality to replace the patchwork of concrete types and designs which had dotted the renowned 1920s-era walkway following some replacements and repairs over the years. Council’s redesign of the footpath involved input from architects, structural engineers and community consultation and is in keeping with the heritage significance of the seawall.
The major refurbishment, which began in May, will also make it free of hazards for pedestrians and cleaning vehicles after investigations revealed that large cavities below the old concrete slab had occurred mainly as a result of erosion of subsoil.
The project is part of Council’s ongoing renewal of Balmoral infrastructure, which over the past decade has included the Rotunda, toilet blocks, baths and last year’s playground renewal.