The Department of Infrastructure is pleased to announce that the Douglas Promenade Refurbishment project has started.
Douglas Promenade is being refurbished. This is the first major reconstruction of the highway since 1935. All the statutory undertakers are involved including Manx Utilities, Manx Gas, Manx Telecom, Sure Telecom and Douglas Borough Council.
This £25 million scheme investment by Isle of Man Government will be a lasting legacy for the Isle of Man. Douglas Promenade is the heartbeat of the capital’s transport network facilitating 17,000 daily traffic movements. The scheme is due to complete by August 2021. The main contractor is a local company Auldyn Construction, part of the Colas Group. This investment will have huge social economic value for the Island.
The design proposal has been in development for a number of years and arrived at a series of design principles that were approved by the Court of Tynwald in January 2017. These principles included not only the basic need to reconstruct the highway infrastructure, but also to encompass the aspirations and needs of all the promenade users and stakeholders. The Department would like to thank everyone who contributed to the numerous consultations, user groups, meetings and discussions required to reach this landmark point.
The Myprom Project Team also took into account advice and recommendations provided by promenade user groups such as the Manx Blind Welfare Society. During the whole scheme liaison with all stakeholders will be a key issue - in order to be updated weekly please sign up to our newsletter CLICK HERE
The number of controlled and uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points has been increased to promote a better link between the Town Centre and the Promenade Walkway. This requirement is highlighted in Governments Central Douglas Masterplan. The location and style of crossings has undergone scrutiny from vulnerable user groups such as Manx Blind Welfare and the Royal National Institute for the Blind, with the final layout being an agreed best compromise to suit the requirements of all promenade users.
Some parking provision has been reduced to the betterment of other facilities, such as bus laybys, taxi ranks, loading bays etc. Again this was agreed at consultation and will ensure all Promenade users benefit.
The highway and junction design will promote better and improved vehicular traffic flow.
The Myprom Project team are working closely with all statutory undertakers (Manx Utilities, Manx Telecom, Sure, Manx Gas) to ensure minimal future disruption to Douglas Promenade and its many users.
This includes Douglas Borough Council who will install new street lighting throughout with the aim of reducing light pollution as part of our Island’s commitment to UNESCO/Biosphere.
The infrastructure has been designed to future-proof the scheme, as much as possible, including the installation of ducting to accommodate power for electric car charging points throughout the length of the scheme.
One aim the Myprom Project Team has achieved is the reduction in unnecessary street clutter. This helps to provide a more open feel to the promenade. Furthermore, all necessary remaining and new street furniture (benches, cycle stands etc) have been located in dedicated areas, away from pedestrian walkways. This is especially beneficial to more vulnerable promenade users, such as people with mobility and sight impairment.
The team are working with the Isle of Man Arts Council to facilitate and encourage public art installations along the Promenade.Updated on 17 January 2020