St Leonards Plaza Design
View the fly-through of the proposed design to see an artist's impression of the new green space coming to St Leonards.
(Please note - this is an artist impression for illustrative purposes only, surrounding environment and developments may vary and design is subject to change at Council's discretion)
The 4,750 square metres of open space features a great lawn, plaza, passive nooks, boardwalk and a regional scale adventure playground. The design features best practice in landscape urban design and safety and is seamlessly connected to the JQZ, 88 Christie Street development, and includes retail, public toilets as well as a 300- space public basement car park.
There are also plans to upgrade the existing Pacific Highway pedestrian underpass to improve amenity, lighting and safety. In addition, an elevator will be installed for direct access the new Plaza. The proposal also includes increasing the width of the pedestrian pathway on the Pacific Highway parallel to the new Plaza incorporating a series of bus shelters for commuters. In addition, the proposal seeks to convert Canberra Avenue into a designated shared use area including a "Kiss and Ride" drop off zone, access ramps for pedestrians and cyclists and direct Elevator access to the Plaza from the South.
January 2022 Update
Changed Traffic Conditions - Canberra Avenue/Marshall Lane
The intersection of Canberra Avenue and Marshall Lane is now closed until the
completion of the project.
As a result Marshall Lane has reverted to a two-way lane with
entry/exit from Berry Road. Signage is present at the
- Berry Road/Marshall Lane intersection
- Marshall Lane/Canberra Avenue intersection
- Canberra Avenue/Marshall Avenue intersection
The changes were put in place to facilitate the arrival
and construction of one of the largest cranes in Australia, in
terms of lifting capacity. The crane will be required to lift the
beams in place to span the rail corridor. .
Out of Hours Works
Due to the type of equipment and access required for this unique project, it will be necessary to undertake
work outside standard construction hours. Council is aware that there has already been noisy work
undertaken in this precinct however it is unavoidable for this current project as there are also regulations
which will requires works to take place out of hours. For example, transporting heavy machinery can only
be done in the early hours of the morning with transport trucks required to be off road by 5:30am.
When Out of Hours works are a scheduled for the New Green Space construction site, residents and
business will be notified by letterbox drop from our contractors. We will also upload these notifications to
our project website where possible.
December 2021 Update
This month, Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove and Felicity Wilson, Member for North Shore joined former Mayor Pam Palmer to turn the first sod, marking the commencement of the project. Since then, the main construction work site has been established and piling work necessary to support the columns which will ultimately hold up the bridge commenced on Canberra Avenue, with 30% now already poured.
Having completed the early works, Arenco (NSW) Pty Limited has now been confirmed as the principal contractor for the project. They will be responsible for both the bridge structure, the green space landscaping and Canberra Avenue Drop-off area.
During contract finalisation, Council worked with Arenco to help address the community’s concerns about removal of the pedestrian access to the Pacific Highway during construction, which was required under the original construction program, for safety reasons.
In exciting news for locals, modifications have been made to the construction methodology to safely accommodate a small staircase, which is currently being built to reinstate the connection between Canberra Avenue and the Pacific Highway to help residents to access amenities in St Leonards. Council is extremely pleased with this outcome, as it minimises the inconvenience to pedestrians.
November 2021 Update
Early works are now underway for the construction of a new open space in the heart of St Leonards.
The November Community Update
includes important details about the upcoming construction program works including key milestones, anticipated disruptions and how you can stay in touch.
As this project takes place within the rail corridor there are some activities which do not require notification and from time to time there will be disruptive works unrelated to this project. With a range of infrastructure projects taking place within St Leonards we aim to help make it clear which activities relate to this exciting open space project forecast for practical completion by the end of 2022.
St Leonards Plaza Design Information Session
Residents were invited to an information session in June 2021 about the design for the St Leonards Plaza with a presentation from the Principal Landscape Architect at Arcadia Landscape Architecture. Staff were on hand to answer any questions. You can view the presentation from the evening in the Related Documents below.
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