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Adelaide City Council yesterday revealed the draft masterplan for the regeneration of the citys Victoria Square.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison described the scheme as one of the most important public space projects in Adelaides history. This is an exciting step for Adelaide, and will rejuvenate Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga as the heart of the city. The Square will become exciting and alive, a place that hosts events and attracts visitors; an inspiring and iconic city destination throughout the year, he said.
The design team behind the masterplan includes Kevin Taylor, Kate Cullity and Perry Lethlean from Taylor Cullity Lethlean; Peter Tonkin of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Richard Hanslip of QED.
Adelaide City Council has committed $24 million to the regeneration project, with a further $2 million contributed by the State Government.
The design teams vision is to create an accessible and vibrant public space that is internationally recognised as a symbol of South Australias unique culture and lifestyle.
Design features for the square include two covered walkways, named The Arbours, providing almost half a kilometre of shaded pathway; an event lawn and a big screen; a performance space; as well as gardens, cafés, a bicycle hub and a tourist information centre.
Public transport links will be improved as part of the designs green initiatives. Broad pathways and the bicycle hub, as well as four pedestrian crossings providing access to the square, will encourage the public to use the square. The square will also be well connected to the surrounding streets, including the Central Market and city centre.
Adelaide City Council is inviting public comment on the masterplan. Visit the website [“www.victoriasquareadelaide.com”:http://www.victoriasquareadelaide.com/] Consultation closes Monday 7 June 2010.