The recent heavy rain in Wollongong has created some challenges for our contractor, but they're continuing to work hard to reach the target completion date of October 2014.
Work to make the region’s shopping hub a modern and vibrant place has moved to the next phase, with demolition of concrete footings and existing infrastructure now finished.
The focus of the works is now on the bulk excavation of the tree trench running the length of the Mall. You may have noticed on site that large holes are in the process of being excavated in preparation for the tree trench works to start. As the excavation continues, some minor jackhammering may be required if the contractor finds any un-documented concrete that needs to be removed.
Piling work in the construction zone just west of the Wesley Church is now finished and will start in the zone adjacent to Kembla Street shortly. The piles are concrete cylinders which are being installed in each construction zone to support the suspended slab, which will be poured over the tree pit in the coming months. Before the suspended slab can be poured, our contractor will be installing a root containment barrier, a drainage system, gravel, sand and rich soils to support and nourish our new trees. When the refurbishment is finished, visitors to the Mall will be able to enjoy the shade from the 44 Spotted Gums and 16 Illawarra Flame Trees throughout the Mall.
In March, our contractor started to install a hearing loop and LED lighting on the amphitheatre and terrace steps in the northern end of Church Street. This month, granite stone cladding will start to be installed on the amphitheatre, followed by pavers.
Works in the western Mall continue to progress, with the communications trench for the new CCTV system almost finished. The work on the communications trench has been done in 30m increments between Sunday and Thursday to accommodate the popular Friday Markets.
Paving works to the front of shop fronts started at the end of March in front of Payless Shoes. These works will also be completed at night and in stages to minimise disruption to shoppers and retailers.
The Crown Street Mall refurbishment is part of a broader strategy to revitalize the City Centre, and is just one example of our work towards improving ageing infrastructure across the city through the Securing Our Future project
There are lots of exciting elements to the refurbishment, including free Wi-Fi, new trees and street furniture, decorative lighting and public art.
To prevent future disruption to shoppers and businesses, we're working with Sydney Water, Telstra and NBN Co to replace an ageing water main and accommodate the NBN roll out.
We are refurbishing Crown Street Mall with the project part funded by a $5m grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.
The refurbishment of Crown Street Mall is anticipated to reach completion by October 2014, weather and site conditions permitting.
We would like to thank the community for their patience during this exciting time for our City Centre.
For more information on the refurbishment contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.
For more information on the NBN rollout through Crown Street Mall contact 1800 687 626.