The proposed upgrades recognise Garema Place as a landmark destination for locals and visitors.
The design seeks to deliver infrastructure suitable for both everyday catch ups and community gatherings, and support growing foot traffic from light rail and bus commuters.
- Increased green space
The design seeks to turn Garema Place into a greener space, providing a place to go every day, or to gather for special events. The greenery is intended to make the area feel more comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable, contributing to people’s wellbeing.
- Improved pedestrian flow through the space
The design encourages safer, clearer movement into and around Garema Place, creating connectivity between spaces and encouraging activity.
- Decreased clutter
The design aims to declutter Garema Place by removing things that aren’t working. It creates a fresh canvas for a well-designed, flexible, and inclusive destination that is safer for pedestrians.
- Informally extending outdoor eating spaces
The design uses public amenities, like furniture, shading from trees, lighting, tables and chairs as informal extensions of the retail footprint to encourage people to enjoy food and beverages from local businesses into the street.
- Working with the weather
The design and plantings are intended to create a microclimate to protect from wind, rain and sun, letting in sunlight in winter, and creating shade in summer.
- Ambient lighting
Proposed lighting includes new streetlights and ambient lighting to illuminate landscaping, seating and building facades.
Accessibility has been considered in the design including accessible seating, increasing clear pathways, and decreasing trip hazards.
The design improves lighting and sight lines and will draw in more of the community to improve passive surveillance.
View looking south-west from Bunda Street
View looking east from East Row-Mort Street
View looking north-west towards Bunda Street
View looking south from the lane near Gus' Cafe
Garema Place upgrade survey