THE WICKHAM PROJECT... Planning for a Growing Suburb

June 26, 2017

 

Wickham is changing from a semi-industrial area to a thriving commercial and residential precinct, and Newcastle City Council is undertaking a range of projects to help ensure Wickham is a great place to live and visit now and in the future.


Council has developed a master plan, a local area traffic management plan and will be updating roads near the new Newcastle Transport Interchange. We are also looking at flood risk for low-lying areas in the suburb.


Wickham's streets and footpaths will be overhauled as part of a suite of projects to transform the suburb into a mixed-use neighbourhood supporting Newcastle West's future commercial core.


Work to overhaul local footpaths and kerb and guttering begin this month as a precursor to the grand vision for the former industrial suburb, which is outlined in the Wickham Master Plan currently on public exhibition.


Road works by Council over the next two years will improve pedestrian and traffic flow around the Newcastle Interchange and help cater for an expected influx of residents, workers and commuters.


Wickham Master Plan on Public Exhibition

Extensive consultation by Newcastle City Council throughout 2016 provided the basis for the draft master plan, which outlines the future character of the area and establishes various strategies to guide future redevelopment, public domain and infrastructure plans and works.


The Wickham Project also includes a local area traffic management plan to provide a safer environment and improved residential amenity by determining the appropriate roads for local traffic and heavy vehicles. Both documents were on public exhibition until Wednesday 21 June 2017.


Council's proposals for improving connectivity and accessibility, guiding the built form outcomes of potential redevelopment, identifying public domain improvements and encouraging six distinct precincts.


Wickham Urban Precincts
RAIL EDGE - The emerging commercial core of the city centre is located adjacent to the Newcastle transport interchange. Mixed use development sites with ground level commercial premises.
VILLAGE HUB - A low-level residential area with narrow streets. Buildings are set back from the boundary to allow for small gardens, landscaping, and forecourts. Car parking is limited in favour of pedestrian amenity.
HARBOUR EDGE - Prime waterfront with a range of recreational, tourism and economic opportunities. Buildings up to three storeys and there is potential for the area to connect to the rest of harbour with a new ferry stop.
EMERGING INDUSTRY - Focus on business and employment opportunities with larger development sites and wider streets.
PARK EDGE - The eastern edge of Wickham Park will include residential apartments as well as commercial and retail uses. There are opportunities for car parking, and this area is a key connection for pedestrians and cyclists.
WICKHAM PARK - Caters for social and recreational needs of the community with playing fields, playgrounds, community gardens, market and event space and community facilities.

 

Upcoming Road Improvements Planned For Wickham
Wickham's streets and footpaths will be overhauled over four stages as part of a suite of projects to transform the suburb into a mixed-use neighbourhood supporting Newcastle West's future commercial core.


STAGE ONE Partial kerb and gutter replacement in Station Street between Union and Railway Streets. Reconstruction of the footpath in Station Street from Railway Street to Union Street.
STAGE TWO Footpath replacement and kerb and gutter work in Charles Street at Station Street. Construction of new footpath in Station Street from Union Street to Charles Street. Resurfacing of Station Street.
STAGE THREE Rehabilitating footpaths, kerb and gutter and ramps on Union Street between Throsby and Station streets.
STAGE FOUR Roundabout at Railway and Albert intersection plus renewal of ageing assets and improvements to safety, function, and aesthetics.

 

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