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Local businesses, residents and visitors to Dickson Group Centre are set to benefit from a major $5.4 million investment by the ACT Government.
This investment will create public space master plans for the broader commercial precinct and deliver the detailed designs and construction of upgrades for Woolley Street.
The design of the streetscape will occur over the next 3 to 4 months. Construction will start after the design is finalised and timed to maximise support for businesses and communities affected by the impacts of COVID-19.
The Woolley Street upgrade is part of a continued effort by the City Renewal Authority to improve the public spaces in Dickson. Designs will incorporate learnings from the Dickson Place Plan and the recent Woolley St. Project.
The streetscape works will improve the accessibility, safety and quality of the public spaces in one of Canberra’s most popular entertainment and dining precincts.
The upgrade to Woolley Street will:
In addition to widening the footpaths the upgrades may include:
The local office of international design firm, AECOM will prepare a public master plan for the streets and public spaces in Dickson’s commercial precinct and will create detailed designs for the upgrades to Woolley Street.
AECOM will draw upon the Dickson Place Plan, completed by the Authority in 2019 following extensive community engagement, which included more pedestrian-friendly footpaths, new street furniture, improved lighting and quality landscaping to strengthen Dickson’s distinctive character.
They will also check back in with the local community to ensure its designs for this important area will result in high-quality and engaging public spaces that improve access, increase pedestrian and cyclist safety, and create a more attractive public environment that better supports the community and local businesses.
A separate procurement will take place for contractors to construct the physical upgrades as identified in the detailed designs.
The Authority will work with AECOM and the contractor to engage with local businesses to minimise the impacts from construction.