Tonkin Consulting prepared the plans to upgrade Walkerville Terrace Streetscape between Stephen Street and Smith Street in 2008 with Swanbury Penglase (Landscape) Architects and WAX Design.
The plan to transform the Walkerville Town Centre and Walkerville Terrace also included a number of traffic and parking related issues including:
Balancing future land use and traffic demands on Walkerville Terrace
Traffic and parking for the proposed development;
Increase on and off street parking within the precinct;
Managing cycling along Walkerville Terrace.
Following extensive consultation with Council staff, elected members, service authorities and the community, the complete detailed design was tendered for construction over two stages. Stage 1 was completed in 2011, and Stage 2 adjacent the new retail development was completed in 2013.
The concept planning phase involved sensitive liaison with the developer of a major retail complex fronting the road, traders, the community, Council and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. Options were developed to maximise the pedestrian activity spaces along the road while maintaining the functionality of Walkerville Terrace as a sub-arterial route. Pedestrian and bicycle safety were paramount issues that required integration into the preferred concept plan.
The retention of car parks was also of high importance to Council; the final kerb alignment was chosen to maximise the number of parking spaces, without compromising the functionality of the footpath and landscaped areas.
Another important design element was the incorporation of low-level feature lighting, to highlight heritage buildings and street trees. This proved to be a challenging aspect of the project, with limited supply and connection points available along the terrace.