Update: 6 April 2023

Update 6 April 2023

Following community consultation on the upgrade in late 2022 and early 2023, the Blackheath Village Centre upgrade plans have progressed into a more detailed design phase. Consultation comments were reviewed and considered for the detailed design where practically suitable supported by Traffic Engineering and Heritage and Environment teams.

Below is a brief update on the progress of each package that makes up this important upgrade project:

Package 1 – Sutton Lane Carpark, Sutton Lane Crossing & Station St Carpark

  • Preliminary design and internal review completed.
  • Proposed layouts submitted for next stage approval such as the Local Traffic Committee for consideration at the mid-April meeting.
  • Proposed layouts will be provided to external stakeholders such as the Access Advisory Committee in the coming weeks
  • 50% detailed design is in progress.

Package 2 – Footpath Renewal and Hall frontage accessible parking

  • Assessment of the existing footpath and ramps completed.
  • Footpath renewal details are under review, including an arboricultural impact assessment to ensure tree viability.
  • Proposed layouts will be provided to external stakeholders such as the Access Advisory Committee and BANC in the coming weeks
  • Detailed construction design is in progress.

Package 3 – Govetts Leap Rd and Wentworth St crossings and the former Post Office corner Streetscape

  • Layout option studies and analysis completed with various internal teams, supported by our engaged design consultancies.
  • Preliminary set-out plan completed.
  • 50% detailed design and cost plan is in progress.
  • Proposed layouts submitted for next stage approval such as the Local Traffic Committee for consideration at the mid-April meeting.
  • Proposed layouts will be provided to external stakeholders such as the Access Advisory Committee in the coming weeks

Package 4 – Neate Park and Rotary Clock Area Enhancements

  • Options for the main elements of this component of the upgrade were explored and analysed, with input from internal experts and external consultants.
  • Detailed surveys including location of underground services such as Sydney Water and NBN completed and design impacts/restrictions steering designs.
  • Draft 50% detailed design completed for review.
  • Expressions of Interest for the design of the screening feature in front of the railway building will be sought soon.

Package 5 – Govetts Leap Statue conservation

  • Structural assessment of the Statue and condition assessment of the Statue exterior coating completed.
  • The original construction method and material were investigated, and an initial cleaning and repair method is proposed as a starting point for engaging suitable artists/craftsmen.

Package 6 – Visitor signage and Heritage Trail

  • The graphic design work for the detailed trail plaques is well progressed, along with draft specifications for manufacture and installation.
  • A licensed website to host the trail map and interpretation content of the seven historical sites has been obtained.
  • Draft historical background and interpretation content of the sites was completed and is under review.

The construction works are anticipated to roll out from late August to December 2023.

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