Transforming our Railway Precinct
The redevelopment of the Railway Terrace area is marked to showcase Victor Harbor’s heritage listed buildings and Moreton Bay fig trees within a vibrant, high-use and accessible community space that can transform to host major festivals and events alongside Warland Reserve.
Underpinning the revitalised streetscape that builds on the area’s heritage and culture, is the Water Sensitive Urban Design initiatives that support storm water reticulation, underground water storage tanks, water filtering and reuse methods. The upgrade is designed to transition seamlessly from adjoining Mainstreet Precinct Upgrade.
Update #6 | 19 November 2020
Construction works on the Railway Plaza upgrade are currently on hold as per the directives of the South Australian Government.
Construction at the site will re-commence as soon as restrictions are lifted.
The temporary traffic changes at Albert Place have been removed and will be reinstated once works recommence.
The last 14 days have seen 70 percent of kerbing installed along the new roadway, mid-level footings for the paved plaza area completed, the underground water storage tank build, the lower layer of roadway installed and electrical wiring reticulation completed.
Once construction works re-commence SGP Civil will seal the underground storage tank, continue the Albert Place stormwater installation, complete the final 30 percent of street kerbing, and the mid layer of roadway to be laid at Crown hotel.
Railway Plaza Art Piece
The City of Victor Harbor have commissioned a piece of public art from local artist Matt Turley for the newly developed Railway Plaza.
In creating a piece for Railway Plaza, Turley drew inspiration from viewing the steam locomotive as a myriad of unique parts coming together to work in harmony. Titled Connection, the work explores the notion of individual entities, unique in their own design and purpose, coming together, connecting, to create something greater. It forms a sense of place, while remaining true to the history that inspired its design.
Connection presents multiple opportunities for interaction from children, to those looking for a great photo opportunity. Turley’s careful consideration of light and shadow in the design provides the space with a sense of theatre, offering changing perspectives through the day and into the evening.
Railway Plaza extends from Ocean Street, past the SA Whale Centre and Train Station, through to Coral Street. The development involves new paving, feature lighting, garden beds, street furniture, landscaping, public art, stormwater reticulation and drainage.
In August, Council awarded SGP Civil, a South Australian construction company, to deliver the project. Read the announcement here.
In 2008, Council completed the Victor Harbor - Railway Precinct plan, offering a vision and strategic planning direction for the town centre’s Railway Precinct area. Incorporating the creation of McLaren Lane in 2012 and the Railway Turntable site revitalisation in 2018, Railway Terrace is the next stage to be constructed.
In early 2019, landscape architecture consultancy, Oxigen, completed a comprehensive consultation phase with immediately affected property owners, relevant Council Committees, the general public and key stakeholders on the Railway Terrace Stormwater and Urban Design Project. Based on this feedback concept plans were prepared.
In June 2020, Council received financial support from the State Government's Places for People grant.
Construction works are expected to commence in early September 2020, and take approximately six months to complete (February 2021). Construction will be delivered to minimise the disruption to the Railway Terrace Precinct, with the first focus being the completion of the southern end near Warland Reserve and Hotel Crown.
During the construction phase there will be no public vehicle access, however access to the Hotel Crown carpark will be available. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times during business hours. The construction map above indicates where nearby car parks exist and directional signage will be provided during the construction phase.
Alternative parking will be available within McKinlay Street and surrounding areas, connected by the many walkways between this area to Ocean Street, Coral Street and the foreshore. Railway Terrace traders and residents as well as Mainstreet traders can apply for a car park permit for the Esplanade car park here.
Open for Business
Railway Terrace will remain open for business during the works process. Pedestrians are asked to take note of the signage and detours in place and around the construction site.
For more information on the Railway Plaza construction phase please read our Frequently Asked Questions, Trader Information, display poster for traders or if you have any further questions please direct them to the City of Victor Harbor's Capital Projects Coordinator, Richard Jaunay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 8551 0500 or SGP Civil's Project Manager, Adam Schrapel at email@example.com or 0467 818 692