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. This includes new granite pavers, semi-matured trees along the southern side of the Mall, new furniture, decorative lighting, public art and free Wi-Fi in Crown Street.
Preliminary demolition work
The preliminary demolition works were completed in April 2013, with the removal of the chess board area, amphitheatre and steel arches.
The chess players were consulted in October 2012 to identify a suitable temporary location for them to play chess during the refurbishment. The players agreed to relocate to Globe Way and bring their own chess boards rather than the life size chess board that was previously in the Mall. Visitors to the Crown Street Mall can still watch the players in Globe Way. The large chess board will return to its original location in the southern end of Church Street following the completion of the refurbishment.
There'll still be an exciting program of events in the Mall during the refurbishment - to find out more visit wollongong.com. A new performance space will be finished at the end of October 2013 and will be ready for the exciting Christmas period.
Water main replacement
Work on replacing an ageing water main in the western end of the Mall has now commenced. The replacement works involve saw cutting and rock breaking machinery, and we apologise for the increase in noise during this time. The work on the water main is anticipated to take five weeks and the temporary fencing will continue to be moved as work on the main progresses.
Work in the northern end of Church Street began in the week starting 13 May following the installation of the hoarding at the end of April. Work in the northern end of Church Street will include demolition of existing structures and trees, new paving, terrace seating and a new performance space.
It is anticipated that this stage of works will be completed by the end of September 2013, weather permitting.
For more information on the major works, contact Lahey Constructions on 1800 886 566.
Ffor more information on the water main replacement or details about the refurbishment contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.
Below: (left) hoarding in place on northern end of Church Street; (right) pavers in northern end of Church Street being removed, 14 May 2013.
The Mall was opened in 1986. Time has taken its toll on the Mall with current structures looking 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.
For more information on the works, contact the Crown Street Mall Refurbishment Liaison Officer on (02) 4227 7191.
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