Lenah Valley Retail Precinct Upgrade
The Augusta Road shopping village in Lenah Valley will be upgraded to improve the quality of the streetscape and pedestrian amenity, and to provide vibrant, accessible and attractive social spaces for the community.
About the Project
“Main streets are the focal points of our towns, villages and cities. They are the places where we meet friends, share lunch, spend time and shop. A town without a quality main street is missing out on the most fundamental of public spaces, and its residents forgo the social atmosphere of a thrumming communal space. There is a broad appeal to quality main streets, so it makes sense to invest in good ones.” MRCagney, 2015
In spring 2015, the City of Hobart and a team of consultants undertook a programme of community engagement to identify and prioritise streetscape upgrades for retail precincts across Hobart’s local areas. An innovative ‘tactical urbanism’ approach was employed. Pop-up style events were held in local areas and communities were able to trial a range of temporary traffic interventions and streetscape improvements. Participants designed, organised, tested and proved their bold concepts, and the communities had a lot of fun in the process.
The Lenah Valley village community staged a highly successful event where a number of interventions were trialled. A master plan was then developed by the consultants which recommends the following improvements:
- Increased footpath space on the southern side of Augusta Road to provide a people focussed space
- Introducing deciduous trees to the street where they can be achieved
- Improved road crossings for pedestrians
- Maintaining the existing car parking and the addition of an accessible car parking space
- New street furniture including bench seating
On-street works begin in October 2017 on the western side of the Giblin–Augusta intersection and are due to finish by the end of the year.In early 2018 the construction team will commence work on the southern side of Augusta Road, starting at the eastern end and moving back towards Giblin Street.
The construction estimated to complete towards the end of 2018.
Home and business owners will be kept informed by the construction crew as they prepare to move in front of their properties.
Please note that naturally occurring coal has been found under some existing paved areas. Our work practices will be designed to dampen dust and protect our workers and the public at all times.
If you would like any information about the project, please call our Community Engagement Advisor on (03) 6238 2831.
In this Place art project
Work continues on In this Place, the public art projected by artist Alex Miles that is part of the Lenah Valley Retail Precinct Upgrade.
Four murals are almost complete and the artist is working with the City’s Public Art Coordinator and local building owners to resolve the detail and timing for the completion of two more mural works within the precinct. When all murals are complete they will each be fitted with a customised story panel, that relates a story, connected to the mural, provided by a Lenah Valley local.
A selection of excerpts from the stories and memories that have been collected as part of the postcard campaign will be used on a series of new seats and bus stops. An illuminated sign will also mark the start of the precinct at its eastern end, highlighting the phrase “In this Place”.
More information about In this Place is available for viewing here: In This Place Artwork Overview(PDF, 12MB)
A project action team that included local businesses, residents and representatives from the Lenah Valley Community Association were involved in designing the changes to the street, which include new paving on the southern side, street trees and plants, new seating, new bus shelters, new lighting and public art. The final designs were also released for broad public feedback.
Project information can be downloaded here: Lenah Valley Retail Precinct Upgrade Project Information(PDF, 953KB).
You can download a copy of the project Master Plan here: A Plan for Hobart’s Local Retail Precincts.
For information on on-street parking changes:
Lenah Valley Retail Precinct-15 Minutes Parking Map(PDF, 1MB)
Fact Sheet - on-street parking changes - Lenah Valley(PDF, 146KB).
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