Adelaide City Council reveals masterplan for $95 million Victoria Square redevelopment
ADELAIDE City Council has unveiled its final detailed masterplan for a $95 million overhaul of Victoria Square.
The grand vision includes strolling promenades under leafy arbours, re-aligning roads to return traffic lanes to an actual square, an outdoor events lawn, an oasis of sustainable gardens and wetlands, outdoor cafes and a cultural and function centre.
While a first stage of works worth $20 million is achieveable by 2014, the timeframe for the balance of the project is still dependent on securing government grants or commerical sponsorship.
Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood has stressed the council's commitment to overhauling the city's heart, saying it is now "a matter of when, not if".
Subject to budget approval, the council will spend $20 million on the first stage, with work set to be under way by January next year and ready by the 2014 Tour Down Under.
Key changes to Victoria Square in the first stage include:
RELOCATING the Three Rivers Fountain to the square's southern end and moving the Queen Victoria and Charles Cameron Kingston statues;
PAVING the east-west road surface linking Grote and Wakefield streets, creating a plaza feel that could be closed for major events;
AN OUTDOOR event lawn at the northern end, able to take 8000 people with a plaza and stage area;
AN URBAN lounge, with seating terraces, benches, footrests and shading;
AN INTERACTIVE water play area;
CLOSING side lanes to traffic and creating mini plazas for outdoor dining and cafes.
Mr Yarwood said the first stage was aimed at "creating spaces to draw people back into Victoria Square".
Next year's draft council budget, which includes $11.5 million towards the first stage (with the balance in 2013-14) has been made public for consultation; it will be voted on by councillors on June 29.
Mr Yarwood urged city workers, shoppers and residents to visit the council's Picture Adelaide website to show their support for Stage 1 to ensure it made the final budget.
"We have never been so close to getting the ball rolling - this is the now or never," he said.
"This is Stage 1, it isn't a cop out, it's not an end point, it's the first stage of an evolution of the square that directly meets the masterplan that has been endorsed by the council and the community."http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sout ... 6347668984