City Laneways Enhancement
The City of Perth has embarked on a long term plan to revitalise the City’s laneways. In August 2008, the City of Perth formally adopted the strategy “Forgotten Spaces – Revitalising Perth’s Laneways”.
To realise this strategy, upgrades are planned to improve the physical form of a number of City owned laneways in the CBD.
Laneways are unique half-hidden spaces that lend themselves to be treated differently to the main streets of Perth. Laneways add a new and exciting dimension to the fabric of the city and give the city a finer grain and different scale of space for people to discover and enjoy. The proposed designs aim to enhance the urban fabric of the spaces and celebrate each laneway’s distinctive environment.
The City’s leadership and commitment to improve laneways and encourage a ‘finer grain’ of activities in the central city area has already stimulated commercial interest in these previously neglected spaces.
Work to enhance Prince Lane will commence in May 2012. The work will start with the installation of new lighting, followed by resurfacing of the laneway and new kerbing which is expected to take eight to 10 weeks and the final stage which is the installation of artwork. The work is expected to be completed by October 2012.
It is proposed to use recycled stone found on site for the gutters but this will depend on availability.
No major change is proposed to the overall function of the lane. The existing loading zones will be formalised to reduce conflict with parked vehicles and access to adjacent properties.
Further information on the Prince Lane upgrade is available from Julie Meehan on 9461 3158 or via email email@example.com
Media statement – Princely upgrade for city lane
Completed laneway upgrades
The upgrade of Howard Lane was completed late December 2009. In May 2010, the City of Perth received the Landscape Architecture (WA Chapter) Award in Design for the City Laneways Project – Howard Lane Upgrade. The Jury recognised its success in encouraging activation and utilisation of utility areas.
The upgrade of Grand Lane, located off Murray Street Mall and Barrack Street, is complete. Improvements include new wall mounted lights, several murals including a large piece occupying 99 metres of the City Central building, a new pavement surface, free WiFi, lightbox exhibition spaces, and LED lighting to the Barrack Street end of the laneway.