The debate over whether to open, partially open, or keep Shepparton's Maude Street Mall closed to traffic continues. Shepparton Council have just announced the next step towards the revitalisation of the area, releasing this update.
****Greater Shepparton City Council last night awarded the tender for concept design work to local business Spiire who will undertake design of three long term options for the Maude Street Mall in Shepparton, as well as conceptual and detailed design for a trial partial reopening of the Mall.
The three options for the mall design include reintroduction of two-way traffic from Fryers to High Street; development of additional car parking facilities with connecting one-way access from High and/or Fryers Streets exiting at Stewart Street; and retention of the Mall as a pedestrianised public open space and introduction of urban design measures to increase amenity and usability of the precinct.
Concept option 1 – Full re-opening: Re-introduction of two-way traffic along Maude Street (from Fryers Street to High Street).
Concept option 2 – Partial re-opening: Incorporates development of additional car parking facilities with connecting one-way access along Maude Street from High Street and from Fryers Street, exiting at Stewart Street.
Concept option 3 – Public space refurbishment: Retention of the Mall as a pedestrianised public open space and the introduction of urban design measures to increase amenity and usability of the precinct.
Concept & Detailed design option 4 – Partial re-opening, traffic and parking trial: Development of additional parking facilities with connecting one-way traffic entering from Fryers Street and exiting into Stewart Street. This option will be designed and costed as a trial with minimal infrastructure changes.
This project was taken to a public tender process and evaluated as per Council’s procurement processes. This process has determined the preferred tenderer to be Spiire.
The Maude Street Mall has been identified for redevelopment within the CBD Strategy 2008, Commercial Activity Centre Strategy 2016 and the Economic Development Tourism and Major Events Strategy 2017-2021.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem said it was great to finally get the ball rolling on the future of the Maude Street Mall.
“This is a step in the right direction towards providing a future CBD space that will determine how the Mall can be developed,” said Cr Adem. “We still have a way to go but to have something concrete to aim towards will keep the momentum going.”
“Of course, once we have designs and a decision is made on which way to proceed we still need to seek funding to carry out whatever work needs to be done.”
Spiire Director Michael Lewis said “Spiire understand that revitalisation projects are a collaborative process involving the coordination and collaboration of client, community and disciplines. Spiire Shepparton have teamed with The Space Agency, a strategic consultancy, who create destinations and experiences that positively contribute to the growth and success of cities and places.”
“Our objective in tendering for this project is to see that the design and delivery of the Maude Street Mall is realised and that the design draws upon the areas unique identity to create a vibrant hub of activity for the community with shops, cafes and restaurants within Central Shepparton.”
“We will work together with a talented group of sub-consultants to ensure the revitalisation of the Maude Street Mall is a place where people are drawn to work, play, shop, stroll, recreate and meet,” said Mr Lewis.
22 August – concept design tender awarded to Spiire at Special Council meeting
December 2017 – Traffic study received
December 2017 – conceptual design for trial received
April 2018 – detailed design for trial received
April 2018 – conceptual designs for three long term options received
Consultation will be built into these steps, the dates and scope will be determined in the near future.