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GHD wins design tender for Alice Springs CBD

The Northern Territory Government has awarded the design tender for the first phase of its $15 million Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation project.

GHD was selected to provide the Design and Documentation of Shade Structures and Cooling Initiatives, Wayfinding Signage, Community Safe Spaces and Lighting Masterplan in Alice Springs. The contract awarded is valued at $372 897.

“We are extremely proud to be playing such a key role in this landmark revitalisation project for Alice Springs,” GHD General Manager – Northern Territory, Brian Webster said.

“We are committed to regional communities, with a local presence in Alice Springs and a history of operating continuously in the NT for more than 60 years.”

As part of the revitalisation, shad structures will be places strategically around the Alice Springs CBD to assist in developing preferred pathways for pedestrians. Where possible, these structures will include solar panels and other sustainable initiatives.

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The lighting masterplan aims to illuminate areas that are dark or feel unsafe. This will include lighting of feature trees, lights to illuminate walkways, fairy lights and ensuring pedestrian walkways and linkages are well lit and provide clear direction.

Shading, seating, CCTV and lighting systems will also be installed in new ‘safe meeting places’. These will be designed in a way that does not cause entrapment and will be located near public amenities and emergency phones.

Wayfinding signage will build on the recent work to improve signage directing pedestrians to various locations around the CBD.

The project will support around 70 local jobs during construction and five during the design phase.

The initiatives were identified by the Inland Capital Committee, a joint NT Government and Alice Springs Town Council initiative.

Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield, said the NT Government is investing in Alice Springs and in projects that will attract visitors to its CBD, to create jobs and boost the local economy.

“Our vision is for a cool, safer, and more modern Alice Springs – the Inland Capital of Australia,” Wakefield said.

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