The Samoan Government wants to transform the Mulinu'u Peninsula to the Apia town area, to create a more inclusive, safe and clean waterfront that reflects a unique and memorable Samoan experience for locals and visitors.
With this vision in mind, we were proud to be involved in the ground-breaking ceremony of the Event Space and Clock Tower Boulevard Project, to launch the official Apia Waterfront Redevelopment Plan in July 2018. The New Zealand Aid Programme, which is managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is providing funding as part of a wider programme of support for a sustainable tourism industry in Samoa. The transformation will provide venues for events, small business, and recreational and cultural activities.
Beca, together with our Samoan partners OSM Consultants, were engaged by the Samoan Ministries of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, and of Natural Resources and the Environment, to create the conceptual and final design for the redevelopment plan. Our team brought together experts from our environment, design practice, transport infrastructure and traffic divisions, with specialist support in lighting and power supply, to work in collaboration also with the Samoa Land Transport Authority and local utilities agencies.
We’re proud to now continue our collaboration and shift from two years of project design into the first phase of construction. The first phase will create a multi-use space that can be easily reconfigured for multiple uses and includes supply of demountable staging. The second phase will see the construction of a pedestrian boulevard linking the historic clocktower in downtown Apia to the waterfront.
Once completed, the works will provide a huge boost for Samoa’s tourism industry, providing enhanced cultural and entertainment spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy in downtown Apia.