The Station landscaping
The space between Market Street Lawn and the former Newcastle Station bus depot is being transformed into exciting new public domain.
A vibrant new space
The temporary lawn and pathway between The Station and Market Street Lawn is being replaced with sculpted garden beds, shady trees, seating, new paving and picnic space. The result will be an attractive and inviting continuous link between two of Newcastle’s premier public spaces.
A new plaza will replace the former bus depot, creating a versatile community space that connects The Station with the waterfront. Interpretive features will tell the stories of the site’s Aboriginal and European history.
Following an open tender process, Daracon Construction was selected to undertake these important works. Demolition of the old paving and asphalt is compete, top soil has been laid and drainage and electrical services have been installed.
Tree planting has started, with juvenile palms installed and more to follow. In the coming months, we'll see more garden beds put into place, as well as the laying of fresh new lawns and pedestrian walkways.
Works are limited to 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. A five-day construction week is part of a more balanced approach to construction deliverables and timelines.
The work site has been fenced-off during this time, and the temporary car park adjacent to The Station is now closed.
A work-life balance
While the construction industry has played a vital part of the nation's economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's more important that ever to ensure that workers have access to appropriate mental wellbeing resources and an appropriate work-life balance is achieved.
The crew at The Station are working to a five-day week, in contrast to the typical Monday-Saturday construction schedule. As well as reducing disruption to our neighbours, this means that workers have more time away from the work site.
Daracon has also taken steps in the last 12 months to reduce mental health risks in the workplace. This includes mental wellness training for workers and management, a leadership program that focuses on worker mental health, a dietary awareness program and recruitment practices that create a cycle of healthy work and life.
Getting to The Station
The temporary Station car park has been removed as part of this project. Visitors are encouraged to explore more active forms of transport and public transport - Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach light rail stops are only a minute’s walk away.
Off-street parking is available a short walk away, at Queens Wharf (55 spaces), Boat Harbour (40 spaces), and the Foreshore car park (154 spaces).
Visit the Parking in Newcastle page for more information on getting around the city.