Paramics Microsimulation used to model Shopping Centre Expansion in Christchurch, New Zealand
The western side of Christchurch has seen amplified population and traffic growth following the 2011 earthquakes. The Hub Hornby shopping centre is well located to service expansion in these areas and the re-development of the shopping centre is vital in providing high quality facilities and services.
Traffic operation, access, and sustainable travel are key aspects of this expansion - The Hub Hornby is located at the junction of two important State Highway routes, contains a key Christchurch Public Transport hub, and is adjacent to several walking and cycle routes.
Improved traffic access to The Hub was considered paramount and a detailed Paramics Microsimulation model, developed by Traffic Design Group (TDG), was used to assess, analyse, and support a range of considerations;
Upgraded and enlarged entrances
Car park provision/design/arrangements
Improvements to road and intersection visibility and pedestrian safety
Evaluation and assessment of alternative options incorporating the above components
Stakeholder presentation and consultation.
Work on the shopping centre re-development is continuing. Some stages are complete and the fuller re-development will take several years. Once complete, the expanded Hub Hornby will be the fourth largest shopping centre in Christchurch.