Project design concepts for the Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation project have been released, as part of the Northern Territory’s push to ensure the town is ready to welcome visitors post COVID-19.
The designs were developed by GHD Woodhead architects and engineers and incorporate findings from heat map studies, the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design report and wayfinding strategy for Alice Springs.
The Territory Government aims to transform the precinct into a greener, cooler, safer and more modern space for Central Australians to enjoy.
Four packages of works will be tendered separately and spread over the next two financial years, supporting more than 70 local jobs during the construction phase.
This includes providing shade structures and native trees strategically around the Alice Springs CBD to assist in developing cooler pathways for pedestrians, along with construction of a large shades space on Leichhardt Terrace. The space will take advantage of the Todd River outlook and include good visibility with clear lines of sight, shading, seating, CCTV, Wi-Fi during the day and will be well-lit at night.
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Streetlights will be upgraded to brighter LED lights within the CBD with additional lights and CCTV cameras being installed to light up Billy Goat Hill, Trevor Reid Park, Stott Terrace Bridge, Leichhardt Terrace and Todd Street.
The Territory Government is investing $20 million to reinvigorate and create a safer and more vibrant Alice Springs CBD.
The second phase of the Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation plan includes a Kwatja (Water) Play Space and a Car Parking Review.
“Now more than ever during COVID-19 times, we are fast-tracking projects that will create jobs and long-term growth. The CBD Revitalisation project will turn the centre of our town into a greener, safer, cooler and more modern place,” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said.
“This is an important economic rebound project that will create jobs and ensures the long-term growth and liveability of our town.
“The Alice Springs CBD Revitalisation project is in addition to other CBD initiatives which includes the Alice Street Art Project, Street Art Festival, extension of Parrtjima into Todd Mall, and the establishment of the Alcoota Megafauna Central.”