The first stage of the revitalisation of the Hunter Street Mall will start next month in a bid to create an “attractive destination for locals and visitors”.
It comes after City of Newcastle voted to award Statewide Civil the construction contract at its meeting last night (Tuesday 27 April).
The $5 million project is part of the East End Public Domain Plan which will see new paving, landscaping and public amenity improvements in and around the mall.
Work will start on the block bound by Hunter Street, Wolfe Street, King Street and Perkins Street, and is part of a plan to reinvent the city’s former commercial centre as a tourism, residential and hospitality hub.
The first sub-stage of work will include stormwater upgrades, reinstating a kerbed road on Hunter Street, paths for pedestrians and cyclists, and will incorporate smart lighting, public Wi-Fi and electric vehicle charging points.
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said City of Newcastle was committed to delivering infrastructure for a growing city.
“The vision of the East End Public Domain Plan looks to reinstate Hunter Street as a traditional high street and an attractive destination for locals and visitors, with outdoor dining and boutique retail opportunities,” she said.
“The project will increase accessibility and public amenity and will be complemented by trees and plants to create a greener city centre.
“With its central location close to Newcastle Beach, the Harbour and bars and restaurants, this upgrade will provide a boost for nearby businesses and create a high street in keeping with our status as an emerging global city.”
Iris Capital Development Manager Jamie Boswell said the upgrade would strengthen the area’s appeal to visitors.
“Like so many Novocastrians, we’re thrilled to see Newcastle’s historic mall come back to life with new development, residents, retail options and now improved public space,” he said.
A tender for the demolition of the Mall Carpark is currently open following structural assessments that showed it was no longer safe for use. Demolition is expected to commence mid year.