Salamanca Place Precinct Upgrade
The City of Hobart is upgrading the precinct connecting Salamanca Place to Hobart’s waterfront. The area houses major hospitality and retail activity, as well as being home to Salamanca Market.
The $3.5 million upgrade will give the area a fresh, contemporary feel and provide a high-quality, safe and accessible space for everyone. The project is being delivered in stages over the next three years.
The upgrade is part of the Inner City Action Plan, which responds to key recommendations from the Gehl Architects Report, ‘Hobart 2010 Public Spaces and Public Life – a city with people in mind’. The recommendations aim to attract people and activity into Hobart and to create a vital, dynamic city centre.
The Gehl report made specific reference to the Salamanca and the Waterfront in its recommendations:
“A waterfront where people can walk, sit and enjoy the water”
“Develop the waterfront area into a world class people place so that the waterfront becomes a true city destination”
“Create a fantastic public realm”
“Salamanca Place……. a space for the priority of pedestrians”
Key Priorities of the Upgrade
- Creating a more connected space between the Hobart Waterfront and Salamanca Place.
- Making Salamanca Place pedestrian friendly by giving priorities to people rather than vehicles.
- Removing kerbs to create a step free zone, increasing accessibility and improving the space for events such as the Salamanca Market, Taste and Dark MOFO.
- Increasing lighting and installing new CCTV to help create a safer precinct for our local community and visitors.
- Enhancing the look and feel of Salamanca with new plants and street furniture.
Stage 1 - Completed 2018
- Stage 1 involved upgrades to the existing footpath between Gladstone Street and Montpellier Retreat. A number of key improvements included:
- Widened the footpath of Salamanca Place, between Gladstone Street and Montpellier Retreat, to increase space for pedestrians and improve outdoor dining areas for local hospitality businesses.
- Moved all outdoor dining and signage away from the building line to improve accessibility for all pedestrians.
- Installed a new flush kerb between the road and footpath along Salamanca Place, helping to eliminate trip hazards during the Salamanca Market.
- Installed new pavers, creating a smoother surface and a contemporary look.
Stage 2A – Completed 2019
- Increased the size of the footpath in front of Princes Wharf 1 by removing the turning lane from Morrison Street into Castray Esplanade.
- Enhanced the connection between Salamanca Place and the waterfront by installing a new zebra crossing on Castray Esplanade to give pedestrians priority.
- Improved accessibility by installing flush kerbs, and removing tripping hazards on Morrison Street.
- Closed the existing southbound one-way road that runs from Morrison Street to Montpelier Retreat through the Salamanca Lawns in preparation for a new flat pedestrian plaza area adjacent to the Salamanca Lawns to make it a dynamic space suitable for various events.
- Installed safety features including lighting and CCTV capability on Gladstone Street between Murray Street and Castray Esplanade to create a safer environment for the local community and visitors.
- Improved amenity by installing bicycle racks, seating and planter boxes.
- Removed grassed island at the intersection of Castray Esplanade, Gladstone Street and Morrison Street.
Stage 2B – To be completed in 2020
- Upgrade current stormwater infrastructure in Castray Esplanade across to Salamanca Place to improve stormwater drainage during large rainfall events.
- Reconstruct the footpath and car park between Salamanca Place and the Abel Tasman Monument and resolve current trip hazards.
- Widen Gladstone Street and create a dedicated right hand turn lane into Castray Esplanade.
- Install flush kerbing along Gladstone Street to match the flush kerb from Morrison Street and Castray Esplanade intersection, to the Gladstone Street roundabout. These changes promote a more pedestrian-friendly environment for seniors, wheelchair users and parents with prams, allowing them to get off roads and onto footpaths easily and safely.
- Enhance pedestrian safety with the installation of bulbing at the Gladstone Street – Salamanca Place roundabout.
- Install of fixed and retractable bollards to support the operation of Salamanca Market.
- Two zebra crossings across Salamanca Place to enhance pedestrian safety, subject to further traffic engineering assessment.
Stage 3 – Scheduled for completion in 2021
Continuing the theme from Stage 1, we will increase the footpath area at the intersection of Montpellier Retreat and Salamanca Place (outside The Whaler). Installing a new flush kerb and replacing the old pavers with the same style introduced in Stage 1.
A number of parking spaces will be removed to create extra footpath space on the road side of The Whaler’s outdoor dining area allowing for a new zebra crossing to be installed across Salamanca Place, subject to further engineering assessment. This crossing will allow for full pedestrian priority from the waterfront to Salamanca.
Extra lighting will be installed to better illuminate the Montpellier Retreat and Salamanca Place intersection.
New CCTV will also be installed to help create a safer precinct.
Provisional timeline of 2020 works
The first stage of the project was completed in 2017, with the widening and upgrade of the Salamanca Place footpath between Gladstone Street and Montpelier Retreat. In 2019 the City completed stormwater improvements and kerb reconstruction outside Princes Wharf 1, and installed a pedestrian crossing across the width of Castray Esplanade significantly enhancing pedestrian connection between the waterfront and Salamanca Place.
Salamanca Place, Battery Point 7004 View Map