The Crown Street Mall refurbishment
Council is refurbishing the Crown Street Mall to make the region’s shopping hub a modern and vibrant place for the community to enjoy.
The refurbishment of the Mall is an integral part of revitalising the City Centre.
Wollongong City Council is refurbishing the Crown Street Mall with the project part funded by a $5m grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund.
The Crown Street Mall refurbishment is anticipated to cost $19.4 million.
Stage One of Major Construction: February – October 2013
The Crown Street Mall has seen a lot of activity with the first year of major construction now finished. Construction will be paused over the busy Christmas period and will resume in February 2014.
The first year of major construction saw the majority of demolition for the project completed. The removal of the amphitheatre, steel arches and fountains have been completed, as well as the removal of some of the planter boxes. In some areas, temporary concrete and asphalt have been used to make the area safe and accessible for the community between stages of major construction.
There will continue to be minor night works in Crown Street Mall leading up to Christmas 2013 including the installation of light poles and street furniture in the western Mall between Keira Street and the David Jones pedestrian bridge. Works to replace an ageing water main that runs the length of the Mall from Keira Street to Kembla Street is also nearing completion and is anticipated to be completed before Christmas 2013. All works will be done outside trading hours and won’t get in the way of your Christmas shopping.
A large amount of excavation was carried out in the western Mall in 2013 to create a large tree trench, specifically designed for the spotted gum trees that have been planted in the center of the Mall. We have planted 14 trees between Keira Street and the David Jones pedestrian bridge and we will be planting more than 60 trees throughout the Mall. To help water our trees we have installed three underground storm water tanks, which will be fully operational at the completion of the refurbishment.
From Keira Street to the David Jones pedestrian bridge our diamond black granite pavers have already been laid. By the end of the refurbishment our contractors will have laid approximately 52,000 individual pavers throughout the Mall.
The current nation-wide work ban on Telstra Pits has prevented some works from being completed in 2013. This will result in a temporary surface material to be laid in front of businesses on the southern side of the Mall. This ban is expected to be lifted in 2014 just in time for the Crown Street Mall Refurbishment team to return for a busy and successful second year of major construction and progress. Paving works in front of the above mentioned area will see paving completed next year.
Areas in the Mall where major construction will return in 2014 include:
- The Keira Street entrance to Crown Street Mall
- Paving works in front of businesses on the southern side of the Mall ( 7 Eleven – David Jones)
- Major construction work – including the replacement of the existing concrete slab, excavation of the tree trench and the installation of new pavers between the David Jones pedestrian bridge and the Church and Crown Street intersection
- Major construction works in Church Street
- Major construction in the eastern Crown Street Mall.
Council would like to thank the community for your patience during this exciting time for our City Centre.
For more information on the refurbishment contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.
The Mall was opened in 1986. Time has taken its toll on the Mall with the original structures becoming worn and tired. To ensure that the Mall is a vibrant and attractive place to shop, do business, enjoy community events and access services, Council decided to refurbish the Mall.
In April 2009 Council voted to refurbish the Mall and keep it closed to traffic. This decision followed extensive community consultation in November 2008 which revealed the majority of residents wanted to keep the Mall a pedestrian-friendly zone.
In 2010 Council engaged the NSW Government Architect to develop concept designs to revitalise the area. The community had a chance to provide input into the designs, and following the feedback, the architect added more colour and character to the design.
Below: A work in progress, November 2013 - fences have been removed to make room for shoppers in the busy Christmas period.