1 April 2021

New streetscape designs aim to make Dickson dining precinct more appetising

| Ian Bushnell
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Dickson central plaza

An aerial view of the central plaza. Images: CRA.

The popular Woolley Street entertainment and dining precinct in Dickson is in for a makeover with a new streetscape design concept released for community feedback.

The City Renewal Authority (CRA) said the draft design seeks to make the area more accessible, safer and attractive for local businesses, residents and visitors to enjoy.

The upgrade will include a renewed public space at the elbow of Woolley Street, canopy structures to allow shared alfresco dining, a water play feature, improved pedestrian crossings at the Cape and Badham intersections, new furniture, urban art and landscaping.

The CRA says the streetscape design will support a variety of community events, leisure opportunities and social interactions, as well as improve pedestrian safety and cycling access.

The Woolley Street upgrade aims to improve people’s night experience of Dickson by installing new lighting in line with the character of the precinct.

It also hopes to increase the opportunity for a variety of arts, culture and leisure recreation facilities within the central plaza.

Ground level Dickson

The perspective from ground level looking north-west across the road and main plaza. Images: CRA.

The plans include raised entryways into Woolley Street to promote a more pedestrian-friendly environment and will enhance the central plaza by reclaiming part of the pavement and creating places for people to sit and play.

The work was initially announced in June 2020 alongside the Lonsdale Street upgrade in Braddon as part of Canberra’s COVID-19 stimulus package.

The scope of the two projects have been revised to reduce construction disruption to businesses and the community, which may already be experiencing hardship following the health emergency.

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The design concepts for Braddon are expected to be released in the coming weeks and the ACT Government will also seek community feedback on the proposed design for Lonsdale Street.

The Braddon project includes upgrades for Lonsdale Street and its intersections with Girrahween and Cooyong Streets to make the area easier to walk around and improve connections between Civic, Braddon and Haig Park.

Badham Street entry

The Badham Street entry. Images: CRA.

Braddon will also receive a decorative lighting upgrade to refresh Lonsdale Street’s median trees by mid-year.

Jointly funded by the CRA and the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy, the new lighting is aimed at ensuring the precinct continues to be a prime destination for visitors and to support the ACT’s night economy.

The new concept designs reflect the recommendations of the Dickson and Braddon place plans, which were developed in partnership with the local community in 2018.

Construction for both projects is expected to commence early next year.

The community can provide feedback on the proposed designs for Dickson by attending an information session, or by visiting the your say website.

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