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Streetscape redesign – Clovelly Road, Sydney

After several months of digesting the outcomes from the October 2013 Clovelly Road Better Block demonstration day, this streetscape improvement concept has morphed into a broader project – called “Park to Pacific” of “P2P”.

Rather than looking at Clovelly Road block-by-block, this arterial roadway ‘re-imagining’ exercise has developed into a more comprehensive urban design idea – to develop a beautification scheme for the entire length of Clovelly Road, from Centennial Park to the Pacific Ocean.

A passionate group of local residents involved in the 2013 demo day (members of whom include professionals in urban design, architecture, arboriculture and landscape architecture) formed a steering committee to advance the cause of this concept. The steering committee has, for the last six weeks, been petitioning local businesses and residents, and most importantly Randwick Council.

The Council has expressed their support for the P2P idea and were one of the three levels of government present at a community presentation day early in May.

The core idea for the Park to Pacific concept is overall streetscape improvement to create a greener, more aesthetically pleasing, more functional, safer and more sustainable Clovelly Road. The detail of this may involve vast increase in street tree numbers, regular ‘bulb-out’ parklets in the roadway (both within and between commercial nodes), definitional road surfacing and markers for the commercial nodes, in-lane bus-stops, rainwater gardens, community gardens, bus-stop libraries and vehicle slowing devices, amongst other components.

The steering committee has presented the P2P idea with a conceptual illustration (below) containing some of the above components.


They have also started developing concept plans for some of the components described above and for complete sectors of Clovelly Road, to help stimulate discussions with Randwick Council and the local community. A roadway parklet concept layout which they have developed is below, as is a photographic info sheet on streetscape elements which they are proposing for consideration.

carspot pod plan

indicative streetscape elements photosIn the upcoming months the P2P team will be having regular community meetings at the Randwick Literary Institute on Clovelly Road and have been designated a community liaison officer by Randwick Council, both to work with the P2P group on Park to Pacific ideas and on the next Better Block demo day (in support of P2P) in October 2014.

For more info, have a look at http://www.parktopacific.org and http://www.facebook.com/parktopacific





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A (temporarily) landscaped street

After months of planning, the Clovelly Road Better Block demonstration day happened on the 27th October – this thanks to the hard work of many people and the tireless efforts of Phil Stubbs, the Better Block coordinator.

The event seemed to be a great success, judging by the community interest on the day. The principle behind the demo day was to ‘install’ a representation of the kinds of improvements Randwick Council could consider for this rather bland section of the Clovelly Road ‘gun-barrell’ transit corridor.

clovelly roadClovelly Road, looking east from Arden Street – the Better Block area pre the demo day. (www.facebook.com/events)

This included vegetation, street furniture, services like bus stop libraries and bubblers, street art, designated bicycle parking zones and community perma-culture gardens.

By the time traffic-slowing attendants arrived and a huge semi-trailer rolled in at 7am (the latter carrying 8 x 400 litre trees and hundreds of shrubs), the street’s footpaths and roadway had magically already been spray-painted with beautiful stencil art.

DSCN1593Some of the Better Block footpath and roadway stencil art

Between 7am and 10ish, many bodies were scampering up and down the Better Block area – carrying shrubs, street furniture, display posters and all sorts of fittings and fixtures. I was thrilled to be on the back of the semi-trailer, hurling plants at all of our helpers.

tree craneLifting the 400 litre trees into place at 7am. (www.facebook.com/ClovellyRoad)

The layout in the Better Block area was essentially designed to create ‘bulb-outs’ from the footpath into the roadway, within which stalls and street furniture would be placed. These bulb-outs were separated by the major trees and framed by smaller shrubs, as was the entire length of the reclaimed roadway area.

DSCN1580The Better Block area, looking west

DSCN1582The 400 litre trees and definitional shrubs in the roadway bulb-outs

DSCN1585The Better Block area, looking east

Part of the concern in planning for the day was that the Better Block event not present as an annual street fair. The organising group was very careful to highlight the point of the day – to achieve permanent streetscape change – in their signage and advertising. Any uncertainty regarding the reasons for the event were also hopefully negated by the material in the pop-up gallery that was set-up in a vacant shop in the Better Block zone. The gallery showed examples of many other Better Block events that have occurred worldwide and lots of photos of particular components important in the creation of exciting and liveable streets.

After Randwick Council is presented with the various petitions and survey material gathered on the demo day, they will hopefully be interested in examining how the event’s installations could be transposed into permanent solutions.

You can keep up to date with our latest on the Clovelly Road Better Block at http://www.facebook.com/ClovellyRoad

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