Realigning Honeysuckle Drive between Hannell Street and Steel Street. Includes road widening, replacement of Cottage Creek bridge, new safer transition lanes, bike paths and parking in some sections and landscaping.
Status: Construction underway
Estimated completion: February 2021
HCCDC Contact: Greg Le Quesne [email protected]
Construction Enquiries and Complaints Contact: Olivia Power 0401 096 484 [email protected]
Works Underway: Finalising road surfaces, line marking and removal of the concert covering the southern side of Cottage Creek.
The University of Newcastle is significantly expanding its city centre presence with its Honeysuckle City Campus Development. The masterplan for this 10-year development sees seven new buildings including student accommodation over 6.2 hectares of Honeysuckle land.
The building willl provide state-of-the-art facilities for the University of Newcastle's School of Creative Industries, and a new Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) Hub. This includes specialised spaces and technologies that enhance working and collaborative environments enriching teaching, learning, co-working and entrepreneurial experiences.
Developer: University of Newcastle
Construction commenced April 2020:
Stage 1A complete - Innovation Hub and School of Creative Industries opened July 2021
University of Newcastle
45 Honeysuckle Drive
Mixed use residential apartments and ground floor retail space.
Developer: Miller Property Corporation
Status: Construction to commence 2021
Estimated completion: 2023
Contact: Warwick Miller, Miller Property Corporation
0418 636 613
42 Honeysuckle Drive
Mixed-use precinct including Little National Hotel, boutique office building, retail space and car parking. Hotel facilities available to commercial tenants.
Developer: Doma Group
Status: Construction currently on hold
Estimated completion: 2022
Contact: Chris Farrington, Doma
(02) 6260 7750
Honeysuckle Drive upgrade works complete
A wider and re-aligned road, improved merging lanes, footpaths and cycleways on both sides of Honeysuckle Drive; these are a few of the features of the just-finished $12 million upgrade delivered by HCCDC, aimed at improving ease of use, accessibility, and safety.
An integral part of the Honeysuckle Drive works is the architecturally designed Cottage Creek Bridge, which replaces the old concrete structure with a new, multi-functional bridge in its place. Spanning 30 metres, the new bridge supports heavy vehicle traffic up to double semi-trailers. Already, the upgrades have improved the flow of traffic, made safety a priority for both recreational and commuting cyclists, as well as offering some stunning visual streetscape upgrades.
Video: $12M Honeysuckle Drive upgrade 2021
Video: Cottage Creek bridge works
Works to create new public domain now complete
The construction of Honeysuckle Park from October 2020 to July 2021 marks a significant step in the delivery of new public domain and the continued revitalisation of the Honeysuckle waterfront.
The park includes sandstone seating at the harbour's edge, sheltered picnic seating, covered barbecue facilities and a maritime themed play area. Native trees, including banksia, tuckeroos and pines line new pedestrian links, making it easier to move from the waterfront to the Honeysuckle Light Rail stop.
Construction of the park is an important step in completing the public connection along the foreshore from Wickham Marina through Honeysuckle to Nobbys Beach and Bathers Way.
Honeysuckle West represents the final lands to be transformed in Honeysuckle, and is located at the far western edge of the precinct adjacent to the Newcastle Interchange.
Currently, these parcels of land provide temporary car parking until a future use is identified and include the former Wickham School of Arts building, which is listed in the Newcastle Local Environment Plan (LEP) as a heritage item with local significance.
This final transformation of Honeysuckle lands will be managed in a progressive manner over coming years, with HCCDC proposing to take sites to market as part of achieving the ambitious vision for the precinct and city evolution.
What work is currently underway at Honeysuckle?
HCCDC is undertaking essential infrastructure upgrades as part of a $55 million program to provide new public domain in the west end of Honeysuckle.
We're currently delivering a new public park at Worth Place with features including sandstone seating at the harbour's edge, a nautical themed playground, BBQ facilities and shade. This park will form the next stage of the connection linking Honeysuckle park with existing Honeysuckle public domain.
Will Throsby Car Park remain open?
The Throsby Car Park is temporary, however, and will eventually close when the land is repurposed.
What other car parks are there in Newcastle?
As part of the Honeysuckle urban renewal project, HCCDC opened a temporary carpark in Throsby in 2011, adjacent to the newly opened harbourside businesses. This was followed by the addition of car spaces in Wright Lane that supported the activation of the city centre and development of the new Museum. In 2019 we added car spaces at Station Street near the Interchange and more spaces between the Honeysuckle Light Rail stop and Worth Place.
Why is there a pedestrian and cyclist diversion?
HCCDC is delivering an attractive new promenade that is the current missing link in our city’s waterfront walk, stretching from Throsby Creek to Merewether.
In order to deliver this new public space, we first need to install infrastructure and undertake construction works along the waterfront.
Safety is our number one priority, and therefore a designated, separated path has been built to connect Honeysuckle Drive with the Marina.
This diversion is expected to remain in place for at least two years.
What is the future of the remaining land in the west of Honeysuckle?
Of the remaining land held in Honeysuckle, more than one third is being transformed into high-quality public space, while the other land is zoned for mixed use and commercial development. This land is strategically located in Newcastle’s emerging west end CBD and close to the transport interchange.
What will happen to the Wickham School of Arts building?
The former Wickham School of Arts building has local heritage significance. The building is recognised within the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012. The building is likely to be incorporated into a future development Lot in order to allow for greatest flexibility of adaptation. This will be considered as part of a wider divestment strategy for the land.
What’s the best way for me to stay informed of changes in Honeysuckle?
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Who can I speak to if I’d like more information?
If you have any questions about Honeysuckle, please contact HCCDC via phone or email and your query will be directed to the relevant project manager.
T: +61 2 4904 2750
E: [email protected]
- 07.05.21 - Notice of footpath closure
- 19.03.21 - Temporary footpath closure
- 12.03.21 - Temporary footpath closure
- 20.01.21 - Temporary road and car park closures
- 15.12.20 - Site shutdown over holidays
- 15.12.20 - Extension of footpath closure: Honeysuckle Park works
- 09.12.20 - Traffic Diversions: December
- 03.12.20 - Temporary footpath closure: Honeysuckle Park works
- 18.11.20 - Footpath closed for electrical works
- 18.10.20 - Temporary footpath closure: Honeysuckle Park works
- 23.10.20 - Start of work: Honeysuckle Park
- 11.05.20 - Sewer works: 18-26 May
- 03.04.20 - Cottage Creek bridge works
- 20.03.20 - Temporary traffic diversion
- 11.03.20 - Night Work
- 28.02.20 - Start of work: Honeysuckle Drive upgrade
- 11.05.19 - Harbour Square water feature upgrade
- 12.04.19 - Changes to footpaths and walkways: Seawall works commence
- 01.11.18 - Lee Wharf A, Seawall upgrades and Harbour Square boat dock
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