OUR CITY IS SET TO BE TRANSFORMED
In April 2018, we partnered with more than 1,000 community members and stakeholders to shape the future of the Kal City Centre. This process unearthed what was needed to return the city’s main streets to a thriving heart of economic, cultural and physical activity.
In August 2018, we translated your ideas into a vision for the future, and captured them in a Place Plan, setting out the overall city centre philosophy and precincts.
In January 2019, we decided which precincts should be funded with the available $16 million budget. Then, in December 2019 we tasked ASPECT Studios with turning the community engagement work by element, into detailed designs for construction.
In June 2020, the SCHEMATIC DESIGNS were finalised and approved. These designs provide the creative template for the three development areas:
- St Barbara’s Square: The civic heart for activity, dining and events, including water play, misting, lighting, performance space, and a major shade canopy;
- St Barbara’s Laneway: A junior play space and alfresco area including soft landscape areas, play sculptures, and new toilets to replace the existing St Barbara’s toilets; and
- The Laneway: A new urban plaza and entertainment precinct including a renewed retail interface, small events space, nature play, and building projection.
We’ll now be moving towards construction in early 2021. The tender for construction will be a two-stage process commencing in September 2020. This will include an Expression of Interest process followed by a shortlisting of suitable contractors who will be invited to tender for the Project. The final tender will be awarded by December 2020.