Glenorchy CBD is the area between Terry Street and Barry Street – it is the civic and commercial heart of the City of Glenorchy. We are currently undertaking an upgrade project to bring this area to life. We will be making the area more usable for pedestrians by minimising the impact of vehicles and providing street art, feature lighting and wide pavements. We are expecting work on the project to begin in early 2018.
We are working alongside the community to ensure that our changes meet the needs of the 140 businesses, as well as the Metro interchange, Linc library, government and social services, cinema complex and KGV sports stadium. It is important that our upgrade prepares for ongoing developments and modernisation.
From this planning and consultation we have developed the Glenorchy CBD Urban Design Concept (PDF).
A 3D fly-through was developed during the urban design process to help our community imagine how our Glenorchy Main Road might look in the future.
For more information please visit our Project Page or contact us.
Project objectivesThe overarching objectives of the Glenorchy CBD Revitalisation Project are identified as:
- An economic catalyst: Glenorchy’s civic heart contains high quality, welcoming and activated spaces where business thrives.
- Inviting & activated: There is a network of accessible and safe public spaces, easy for people to explore and enjoy both day and night.
- Our unique identity: An authentic and distinctive place; true to the Glenorchy community’s culture and heritage; and connected to our unique landscape setting.
- Well connected: A CBD that is easy to access by a range of transport modes – whether by walking, cycling, public transport or car.
Key elements of the project
Reducing the width of the roadA key element of the project will be reducing the road width to slow traffic which will improve safety for pedestrians and drivers. The lower speeds will ensure that cyclists will be able to safely share the road with cars, therefore making the city ‘cycle friendly’ for residents and visitors.
The reduced lane widths, combined with a 2-metre-wide central median to be constructed along Main Road, will allow staged crossing of the street for pedestrians, slows traffic and gives pedestrians more time to cross the road.
Improving access for residents with mobility issuesThe project will see the standard kerbs replaced with lower kerbs which will increase access for people with a disability. Further, Main Road does not currently have any designated disability car parking, whereas the project will see the addition of up to three designated accessible car parking spaces. The new parking arrangements are also planned to make allowance for Maxi Taxi parking.
Lower speed limitsThe proposed changes to traffic infrastructure will also mean a lower speed limit in the CBD area. Currently speed limits are generally 50 km/h in the CBD; through implementation of the project speed limits will reviewed with a view to adopting a 40 km/h limit.
Dedicated street art and sculpture spacesA program of Public Art will be included as part of the project. This will add to the amenity of the precinct and provide links to other art and cultural elements within the city and help create community ownership in the project.
High quality street furnitureThe project will include a suite of furniture types that:
- will be comfortable and easy to install
- robust in design
- are a shared aesthetic with other elements in the CBD
- are vandal resistant and suited to the local climate.
The infrastructure will support events and activation of the streetscape with the aim to have flexible arrangement of the seating to encourage people to stop, sit and engage.
Feature lightingStreet lighting serves multiple functions including road safety, pedestrian perception of crime and as crime prevention. Current lighting in the CBD meets the standard for an urban centre however lighting is uneven on the footpaths as a result of trees and awnings. Additional lower height poles are planned to be installed as part of the Project to increase the amount of available footpath lighting and as a decorative element.
Widening of the pavementThe reduction in traffic lane width means we can increase the width of the footpaths, particularly on the southern side of the street where direct sunlight is highest. This will encourage footpath dining, and create a wider space for those with prams and mobility aids.
Street trees and garden bedsTrees will be retained wherever possible, with new selected trees planted across the precinct. This will create ‘rooms’ within the CBD and provide informal seating options on Main Road as well as providing shade.
Cycling infrastructureDedicated bike lanes in Peltro Street and reduced traffic speed through the CBD will encourage riders into the CBD.
Bike racks will provide convenient and safe storage for people visiting the CBD.