Saxon Lane, Brunswick Activity Centre Upgrade
Construction works have now commenced on site, with demolition and installation of stormwater drainage underway.
A large part of the project involves directing water underground from the library roofs to benefit the planted areas, reduce runoff down the street, and also work around the many underground services that exist on the site. Once this work is complete in the coming weeks, the formation of paths, surfaces, and garden beds will become very visible.
Council is undertaking an upgrade to the closed road section of Saxon Street, next to the Brunswick Library. As part of the Brunswick Civic and Cultural Precinct, the aim of the project is to improve the pedestrian environment and connectivity of Saxon Lane, and create an attractive and useable community space.
Key improvements will include:
- A new side entrance from Brunswick Library
- New surfacing
- Landscaping, including large canopy trees and garden beds
- New street furniture - seats, small stage, drinking fountain
- Informal space for community use
Budget and timelines
- Budget: $350,000 (design and construction of Saxon Street and Library entrance)
- Construction completion: July 2018
Consultation - complete
Consultation events initially took place on site in late 2015 to early 2016 (led by Co-Design) that informed Council of community visions for the space. This feedback was used to develop a draft Saxon Lane Concept Design. On 12 December 2017 Council held a community drop-in session to coincide with a mailout seeking feedback on a proposed Saxon Lane Concept Design (PDF 908Kb).
Library door construction - complete
A side entrance to the Brunswick Library was completed in April 2018. This will provide direct access to the upgraded public space as an alternative to the main library entrance, and also provide a direct route through the library to Town Hall. The new doorway will be open to use once the public space upgrade is complete in July 2018.
Tendering - complete
Feedback on the Council design draft was used in early 2018 to create a revised concept plan for tender, with a documentation design package created that considered Council requirements, the available budget, limitations of the site (underground services, accessibility etc) and the needs of the community.
Public Tender for Construction was advertised in April 2017 for the construction of Saxon Lane. Council is in the process of confirming the preferred contractor.
Construction is due to commence the week of 21 May 2018, with an anticipated construction time of 8 to 10 weeks. During this time there should be minimal impact on vehicle traffic movement near the site, although the proposed works site will be closed to through pedestrian traffic during the construction period. Library book drop-boxes will also be inaccessible during the construction period.
If you have any queries regarding the project, contact Council’s Urban Designer, Jason Flaherty on 9240 1287 or email Jason Flaherty.