Thursday, May 30, 2024

Designs for Darwin city laneway go on show

City of Darwin Council has today released the final design for the revitalisation of Chapel Lane in the city centre.

The Council says the design to transform the popular laneway, to be delivered by local firm RPS, focusses on connectivity, safety and activation and was informed by engagement with stakeholders and the community.

Lord Mayor, Kon Vatskalis said the design would see the area revitalised for pedestrians, visitors, residents and local businesses.

“Chapel Lane will be transformed into an activated place that attracts people and encourages them to stay and enjoy the space,” Lord Mayor Vatskalis said.

“The community told us their priorities were shading and cooling, places for alfresco dining, and activating the laneway at night-time, and the design reflects that feedback.

“The design has a strong focus on connectivity, safety and activation and I have no doubt it will attract people to Chapel Lane, which is not only good for business, but also good for creating a sense of community,” he said.

The design not only revitalises the laneway but also improves pedestrian access to West Lane Arcade, The Galleria and surrounding businesses by replacing the roadway with a pedestrian focussed plaza and enhanced wayfinding and lighting, the Council said in a statement.

The NT Government has provided $1.35 million in funding as part of the Laneways and Small Streets Action Plan.

Chapel Lane was identified for its strategic location near main streets, precincts, pedestrian links, and hubs of retail, entertainment and nightlife. 

Construction is scheduled to commence in mid-2024 and be completed by mid-2025. 

To view the design, visit engage.darwin.nt.gov.au/chapel-lane.

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