PROJECT NAME // Sixth Street Revitalisation Project
COMPLETION YEAR // 2017
ARCHITECT // Jensen PLUS
PROJECT PERSONNEL // Peter Jensen, Michael McKeown, Jere Wilks, Lisel Mcleay, Kaining Li
LOCATION // Murray Bridge, South Australia
SIZE // 5,800 sqm
BUILDING TYPOLOGY // Streetscape Renewal
This project was awarded the 2017 IPWEA SA Excellence in Design / Construction of a Public Works Project (Civil), as well as the 2017 AILA Urban Design Award
ARCHITECT’S STATEMENT //
Innovative Strategy // The Sixth Street Revitalisation Project is a leading example of an integrated Shared Street design, based on the principles of ‘Link and Place’. Local, National and International publications all advocate that street design should change to acknowledge the importance of streetscapes and pedestrian environment to our social, environmental and economic fabric.
Sixth Street is an important tourist / cultural hub and pedestrian linkage through the Murray Bridge town centre containing the Regional Art Gallery, Town Hall and some key businesses. Despite not being the main street, it was decided to proceed with the development of this important place to establish the streetscape and associated uses as a destination within the township, revitalising the economic and social environments. A Shared Street design was an ideal scenario as it would allow for the area to be temporarily closed for events easily, it would slow traffic and redesignate space to cyclists and pedestrians and to business activity, showcasing the history, culture and storytelling of the adjacent uses and Place.
The Team utilised an innovative engagement technique - a ‘Moving Minds’ Bus Tour to help introduce new streetscape design work happening in Adelaide to the rural community. This fostered a sense of excitement for the possibilities in their township as stakeholders were given the opportunity to witness how new ways of thinking (focused on people not cars) can benefit local business and the social fabric of a Place. DPTI were also involved from project inception as part of the Project Control Group to help overcome any obstructions to design decisions during the approval process.
The space now looks and feels like a town square while remaining a functioning (yet safer) street. These positive outcomes required a collaborative design process between civil and stormwater engineers and landscape architects e.g. the roadway base is integral to the surface finish, Kanmantoo cobblestones have replaced kerbs as a tactile edge, trees define and set out the parking alignments and driving/movement zone and planting beds provide a stormwater management function as well as amenity and respite.
Economic Sustainability // The Sixth Street improvements were made to support the current and potential future business uses that could occur along the street. By demonstrating a commitment to upgrading and maintaining the public realm, Council has given their community the confidence to improve and extend their businesses to match the high-quality setting as well as encouraging people to live, work and spend time in Murray Bridge.
By improving the pedestrian environment and providing comfortable places to sit and stay, visitors and the community are encouraged to spend longer in the streetscape and thus spend more money locally, benefiting traders and the Town more broadly. By placing such an emphasis on the cultural precinct of the township, this place will be renewed as a regional destination not just for supplies and trade but for art, events and culture.
Social Sustainability // People watching, gathering and lingering are important aspects of our culture, especially in a regional township. By providing opportunities for socialisation and connection with neighbours and the community, the Project will have a far-reaching beneficial impact on the social fabric of Murray Bridge and the wider area. As well as passive recreation, meeting and greeting on the street, Sixth Street has the ability to be temporarily closed for community events providing the opportunity to hold markets, film nights, fêtes and the like, all of which contribute to a sense of community and identity. Sixth Street Handmade Market was held there on March 25th 2017 for the first time with great success.
Environmental Sustainability // Locally sourced materials, products and suppliers were used on the project. As well as the acknowledged environmental benefits of sourcing locally, the project also showcases use of these products (successfully) in a high – quality setting, proving their suitability for future civil/streetscape applications. Council were committed to the recycling/reuse of materials and fixtures. Many items were salvaged and stockpiled during construction and vegetative waste was mulched and reused. Improved stormwater management demonstrates to visitors the benefits of designing sensitively and effectively for water. This focus on WSUD also holistically links to the town’s location on the Murray River.
The flexibility of the design of the street allows for changing use over time without the need for remodelling of the space. The shared street design accommodates change not just in the adjacent trading environment but in community interest and contemporary culture. This reflects a carefully considered social and environmental sustainability throughout all decision making.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT // Practice Name Here
ADDRESS // 6/259 Glen Osmond Road, Frewville, 5063
PHONE // +61 8 8338 5511
EMAIL // email@example.com
WEBSITE // jensenplus.com.au
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CONSULTANTS & CONTRACTORS //
LANDSCAPE // Jensen PLUS
CONTRACTOR / BUILDER // Outside Ideas
CIVIL ENGINEER // Tonkin Consulting
PROJECT MANAGEMENT // Southfront
STRATEGIC DESIGN CONSULTANTS // Intermethod
ARTS & CULTURAL CONSULTANTS // Brecknock Consulting
EVENTS CONSULTANTS // Keito Events
QUANTITY SURVEYOR // Rider Levett Bucknall