Council wins tender for Rail Bridge Row

The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC) is pleased to announce that the City of Newcastle has been awarded the tender to transform the Rail Bridge Row site on Hunter Street.

Council’s innovative and exciting proposal for the site will see affordable housing units, open space including a new public domain and a shared cycleway, as well as shops and cafes for the community to enjoy.

Last year HCCDC undertook a competitive divestment process for the site to find an outcome that created more jobs, homes and connected spaces as part of the NSW Government’s ongoing work to transform the city centre.

Acting Chief Executive Valentina Misevska was pleased with the response to the tender and is looking forward to a future use being realised on the former rail corridor site.

“We received several proposals as part of a competitive tender process, and City of Newcastle’s offering impressed with a combination of uses, closely aligned with the Revitalising Newcastle objectives for the city.

“Rail Bridge Row is a long a narrow site with a stretch of Hunter Street frontage, and the City of Newcastle proposes to optimise this with more homes, jobs and public spaces.

“It also proposes to use the site to create a shared laneway, creating a new pedestrian and cycle connection from Hunter Street through to Wharf Road, which is also in line with our objective to create more connections between city and waterfront.”

Rail Bridge Row is one of the final deliverables from the Revitalising Newcastle program, and Ms Misevska said she was happy that Council’s proposed use would help the city to continue to transform over coming years.

“The benefits of the Government’s $650 million investment in Newcastle will continue to be realised over coming years.

“Council’s proposal is a great outcome for the site and we look forward to it being delivered.”

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