Revitalising Shepparton's CBD - Maude Street Mall redevelopment project
The Maude Street Mall Precinct Redevelopment is the final stage of Project 1 under Shepparton’s CBD Revitalisation Project. The revitalisation also included works to rejuvenate Vaughan Street (completed) and the Maude Street Bus Interchange and Maude Street between Ashenden and High Streets.
In March 2017 Council resolved to undertake a process of exploring design concepts for a redeveloped Maude Street Mall. The aim of the project is to improve the function and visual amenity of the Mall in maintaining its primacy as the heart of the Shepparton CBD.
In May 2018 Spiire developed and prepared four concept design options for the proposed Maude Street Mall precinct redevelopment. Council undertook extensive consultation on four design options presented by Spiire, with Council refining options and adopting the Concept Design Option 4a as the basis for the proposed revitalisation.
Concept design Option 4a consists of a shared streetscape with one way traffic at an estimated cost of $17.15m. It provides flexibility and adaptability to better cater for changing industries and consumer demands and habits.
The tender for the design work and business case was awarded to Group GSA at the August 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting at a cost of $499,950. Group GSA utilised local subcontractors including engineering and surveying, and have a demonstrated track record in delivering similar projects for regional and metropolitan areas.
The tender for construction work will be awarded at the September 2021 Council Meeting with the successful tenderer commencing work in October 2021. The initial works will focus on the removal of infrastructure so as not to disrupt trade prior to the busy pre-Christmas period. Once the tender is endorsed at the Council Meeting, the scheduling and staging of works will be developed.
Concept Design Option 4A
The Refined Concept Design featuring greater detail, based upon Council-endorsed Concept Option 4 was presented to the community for consultation.
Concept Option 4A was developed after consideration of public consultation feedback, and includes the following key features:
Provides for 20km/h shared zone one-way traffic through the Mall, travelling southbound from Fryers Street to High Street (previously traffic was proposed to exit the Mall to the east via Stewart Street). This will improve vehicle linkages and traffic flow in the CBD, provide increased accessibility and visibility of businesses, enhance the perception of activity within the precinct and provide a more favourable environment for night time trade and activities.
Layout and pavement composition of the Stewart Street portion of the Mall is configured so that eastbound 20km/h shared zone one-way traffic can be introduced at a future date. This will provide greater flexibility for future traffic needs of the precinct.
Provides parallel parking spaces along both sides of the one-way shared roadway. These parking bays will be generous in size to allow vehicles to safely pull head first into parking bays.
Removal of the previously proposed off-street parking at the south end of the Mall provides the opportunity to retain a greater number of existing trees and provides pedestrian zones with a more consistent linear flow, with the western side of the development retaining a “Mall” feel for its entire length.
Trees — Retention of a greater number of existing mature street trees throughout the Mall.
Pavement in front of Mall businesses — Retains existing concrete pavement in front of Mall business to reduce disruptions to public access to businesses during redevelopment construction works.
Playground — The playground will be soft fall terrain play, aimed at age groups ranging from toddlers through to primary school age.
Street furniture and gardens — Low garden beds and careful placement of street furniture will provide clear visibility across the mall.
The Maude Street Mall precinct design has been developed to meet today’s needs, and also to provide flexibility for possible future needs as technologies advance. One such consideration is the nominated site for possible future landing/parking of drone-type (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) vehicles on the top deck of the multi-deck car park.
Technologies such as smart lighting and WiFi are to be implemented.
Fraser Street Stage 2
An area has been identified along Fraser Street, in front of and beneath the Telstra tower that is to be considered as a future area for redevelopment (denoted by blue shading on the Concept Design Option 4A plan).
Fraser Street Stage 2 is progressing to concept stage, but will require a consultation process and assessment of benefits before proceeding further, subject to funding becoming available.
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Why did Council adopt Option 4a as its preferred design for the redevelopment?
Council have taken into account feedback received through community consultation as well as a range of factors and industry trends in forming a decision on the future layout and function of the Maude Street Mall area.
Why does Council need to get a detailed design?
Detailed design provides the full design of the proposed works for construction. This work will provide more accurate costings and detail on the scope of works required for construction. Detailed designs are commonly referred to as being “shovel ready” and are required for State and Federal government funding applications.
Why does Council need to undertake a business case?
A business case analysis will provide Council with a more detailed understanding of the project’s benefits and the return on investment for the project. It is a standard process for significant Council projects to ensure that ratepayer’s money is being spent in a responsible way. Business cases are required for most State and Federal government funding applications.
How long will the detailed design and business case take?
The detailed design and business case is expected to be completed by mid 2021.
Who will complete the detailed design and business case?
Council procured the work through a public tender process in accordance with its procurement policy. Group GSA were awarded the contract. Five tenders were received and two were shortlisted.
Who is GroupGSA?
GroupGSA is an Australian based company with international offices in Asia. They will be drawing on local teams from Shepparton to deliver the project. They have extensive experience in urban design and landscape architecture. More information about GroupGSA.
How much will the detailed design and business case cost?
The Business Case and Detailed design will cost $499,950.
When will the construction tender be awarded?
Tenders have closed for the Maude Street Mall – it is anticipated contract will be awarded in September 2021.
When will the project be constructed?
Construction works will commence in late 2021 and are expected to be completed by September 2022.
How long will construction take?
Major construction works are expected to take around 12 months.
How much will the redevelopment cost?
The cost estimate developed as part of the conceptual design work for Option 4A is $17.15M. More accurate costings will be obtained through the detailed design process as the overall scope of works is refined.
How will the project be funded?
Council have secured both Federal and State Government funding to the value of $12.325m. Council will fund the remaining $4.825m.
$8.575m was obtained from the Commonwealth Building Better Regions Fund and $3.75m was obtained from the Victorian Government's Regional Infrastructure Fund – Stimulus Round.