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: December 2020
HCCDC Contact: Greg Le Quesne firstname.lastname@example.org
Construction Enquiries and Complaints Contact: Olivia Power 0401 096 484 email@example.com
Works Underway: Construction of a new bridge over Cottage Creek and preparation of pavement and road surfaces. The temporary diversion road and shared path is expected to be in place until November 2020.
Delivery of new public domain including shared path, green space, seating, shade, BBQ facilities and maritime-inspired play space.
Status: Commenced October 2020
Estimated completion: First half 2021
Contact: Greg Le Quesne, HCCDC
(02) 4904 2750
The building will 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 providing specialised spaces and technologies that enhance working and collaborative environments enriching teaching, learning, co-working and entrepreneurial experiences.
Developer: University of Newcastle
Status: Construction commenced April 2020
Contact: Damian Burke, University of Newcastle
Construction of first city campus building underway.
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 nearing completion
Work underway includes putting the finishing touches on the Cottage Creek bridge and finalising the road surface. Honeysuckle Drive remains open as we complete the works.
New footpaths are in place on the southern side of Honeysuckle Drive (between the Newcastle interchange and Hunter Water) while the shared path remains on the northern side of Honeysuckle Drive. The entry to the Throsby car park has been relocated west, along Honeysuckle Drive closer to Hannell Street.
We're completing work to open up Cottage Creek by removing the concrete covers over the creek between Honeysuckle Drive and the harbour and adding rocks to give the creek a more natural appearance. The new road alignment assists with flood mitigation at Cottage Creek.
Up-to-date information is provided on this page, and via the Honeysuckle NSW Facebook page.
20.01.21 - Temporary road and car park closures
The construction of Honeysuckle Park got underway in October 2020, and will mark a significant step in the delivery of new public domain and the continued revitalisation of the Honeysuckle waterfront.
The park will include sandstone block steps at the harbour's edge, sheltered picnic seating, covered barbecue facilities and a maritime themed play area. Native trees, including banksia, tuckeroos and pines, will line new pedestrian links, making it easier to move from the waterfront to the Honeysuckle Light Rail stop.
Construction of this 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.
This includes upgrading Honeysuckle Drive and building a new bridge over Cottage Creek, placing 177,000 tonnes of rock as seawalls to repair old maritime infrastructure and removing the concrete covers over Cottage Creek to give it a more natural appearance.
Will Throsby Car Park remain open?
Throsby Car Park is expected to remain open during the infrastructure works.
There have been some changes to parking within the area to maintain a safe pedestrian route between the Wickham Marina and Honeysuckle.
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.
Why are you upgrading Honeysuckle Drive?
Part of transforming the west end of Honeysuckle involves straightening Honeysuckle Drive between Cottage Creek and Hannell Street, while reopening and beautifying Cottage Creek.
Straightening Honeysuckle Drive will involve building a new road bridge over Cottage Creek. This will allow for the Creek’s hydraulic capacity to increase, mitigating flood risks both in the new waterfront precinct and upstream of the catchment, which includes Newcastle West.
Straightening Honeysuckle Drive will also improve traffic flow and prevent pinch points as vehicles enter or exit Honeysuckle Drive. We are adding safer transition lanes close to the Cottage Creek bridge.
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
- 15.12.20 - Site shutdown over holidays
- 15.12.20 - Extension of Footpath closure Honeysuckle Park works
- 03.12.20 - Temporary Footpath closure Honeysuckle Park 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 2020
- 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 as seawall works commence
- 01.11.18 - Lee Wharf A, Seawall Upgrades and Harbour Square Boat Dock
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