Armidale Mall enhancement project underway

Armidale Regional Council

Armidale’s
Beardy Street Mall is receiving an exciting facelift thanks to a $423,100 grant
from Round 1 of the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community
Infrastructure Fund.

Major
aspects of the planned works include a total reconstruction of the stage, the
refurbishment of the bus shelter in Faulkner Street and revitalised
playgrounds.

Armidale
Regional Council’s General Manager James Roncon said the revamp will also
enhance the existing features of the Mall, and will freshen the space for the
whole community to enjoy.

“Council
has listened to community feedback and is excited to continue to provide a
space that will encourage people to get out and about and enjoy our beautiful
CBD,” said Mr Roncon.

“We’re
already enticing people into the Mall with the pop-up projects and the new
murals, and this will add another aspect of attraction for residents and tourists.”

The
stage reconstruction will retain some elements of the original design, however,
it will be reduced to a single level for better accessibility and for more
efficient use of space. The stage will have an attractive weather-proof sound
shell canopy to allow for use in all weather conditions and there will be a new
electrical system installed to better cater for live music performances and
stage lighting.

“Having
a modern, centrally located facility that can be used as a community forum
space for a diverse range of formal and informal use can bring a community
together, and this is why the stage is a key focal point of this project,” said
Mr Roncon.

“By
reinvigorating the space for live music performances and public forums, we will
be attracting more people into the CBD, ultimately creating a more vibrant,
community space.”

While
the stage reconstruction will be an attractive modern design, there will be
subtle structural elements in the shell canopy that echo the heritage features
of the neighbouring post office. Works on the stage will begin in the second
half of this year.

Another
major aspect of the project will be the revitalisation of the playgrounds in
the Central and East Mall.

“We
have received overwhelming community support to retain the playgrounds in the
Mall, so they will both receive updated equipment, new rubber surfacing and
bright new shade sails,” said Mr Roncon.

“We
expect this part of the project to be complete by June.”

A
number of aesthetic improvements will also be made to the Mall, including the
installation of additional LED festoon lighting, pressure cleaning and sealing
the fountain.

The
Mall’s flagpoles and steel structures will be painted, along with the Faulkner
Street bus shelter and taxi rank. The shelter will receive new skylights
and improved security lighting, with work on this expected to begin on Saturday
1 May. This won’t affect the bus timetable, however, during the two days of
scheduled work, the public will not be able to sit or stand inside the shelter.

There
will also be new signage installed to highlight Armidale’s key tourist hotspots
and its diverse cultural and educational assets.

More
information on key dates and the timeline of works will be released in the
coming weeks and months, with additional work yet to be confirmed.

/Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here.