Project Category: Commercial
Project Name: West Bay Street Realignment
Project Location: Nassau, Bahamas
Date of Completion: December 2011
Architect: Foster Conant & Associates, Inc. - Richard Conant, FASLA
Owner: Baha Mar Ltd.
Contractor: Caribbean Landscape Ltd.
project was a collaboration between the Bahamian Government and a private
Developer on the island of New Providence, Bahamas. Located at Cable Beach, the
Developer desired to build one of the largest resort destinations in the
Bahamian Islands. In this process, the Developer traded part of his land to
relocate an existing roadway, which featured a linear park and commercial
properties. The realignment included one mile of an improved four lane divided
roadway, a new commercial center, and a new 60-foot wide linear park running
along the south side of the roadway. The Bahamian Government desired that this
new roadway, designed to British Standards, accommodate safe vehicular flow as
well as an open space public park and walkway system for local residents and
visitors. The old West Bay Street was a popular walkway system. The new linear
park system had to have similar aesthetic appeal, allow functional space, and
utilize as much existing native vegetation as possible.
Landscape Architect was engaged by the Developer to design the Landscape
Architectural components of the project including landscaping, irrigation,
hardscape, architectural elements, roadway lighting, and site lighting. The
Landscape Architects worked very closely with the Civil Engineers in the
development of the cross sections of the roadway to assure that the landscape
and hardscape components became an integral part of the roadway system.
roundabouts were created along the roadway to accommodate local circulation and
future entrances into the resort property. Bus stops were required as a major
transportation component of the roadway. Pedestrian walkways were provided on
both sides of the roadway. To assure safety, LED roadway lighting and a park
walkway lighting system provides illumination. Three small parking areas, one
at both ends and the middle, allow locals to drive to the park.
the design process, the Engineers realized that their road alignment had gotten
very close to a natural pond known to locals as Hobby Horse Pond. The close
proximity of the roadway to the pond constricted the linear park. The Landscape
Architects found an opportunity to engage Hobby Horse Pond with a boardwalk
over the water to take advantage of the native wildlife and provide viewing
opportunities. In another location, a linear dock was extended out into the
water to have views of the entire pond.
Government and the Developer wanted the roadway and park system to be full of
color. The Developer especially wanted the roadway to be a high quality
landscape as the lead-in to his resort property. Vehicular and pedestrian
experiences along the roadway were important. Within the five roundabouts,
landscaping played different themes to introduce the entrances of four new
Coconut trees, as well as mature Royal Poinciana, Ficus, Silk Cotton, Orchid,
and Tabebuia trees, were collected and transplanted from the old West Bay
Street Park to the new linear park. Over 40% of the tree planting along the
roadway and park utilized relocated plant material.
the park experience, the sidewalks were poured in a coral pink integral color
with a rock salt and weather-impression finish. Every 30-40 linear feet, leaf
foliage of the island is impressed into the sidewalk as a story teller. Native
stone was used in the construction of bus shelters and roundabout planter
walls. The British standard roundabout posed a challenge in that drainage is
directed into the roundabout through scuppers then around the circle in a swale
to a main drain. To enhance this feature, the Landscape Architect specified a
native by-product, Conch Shells, hand crushed, to provide a collar around the
perimeter of the roundabout to carry water. This has become the most unique and
recognizable signature of the new West Bay Street.
system has also been embraced by locals as a preferred walking and jogging
route. Hardly a weekend goes by that a wedding does not occur in the park or on
the linear dock.
Conant & Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect: David
Conant & Associates, Inc.
Design Consultant: Michael