The Station piazza works
New kids corner - coming soon!
A new play space on the Piazza
HCCDC is bringing an imaginative play space to The Station that will be about engaging with nature on a large and fun scale in the newly created Piazza area.
A huge snake and frog, sensory flowers, balancing obstacles and a freshened up scooter track will be some of the features of this new space - designed to complement the other interactive elements already on site at The Station including the misting jets and the 'Flyer' train.
Works are expected to be completed by end-September 2021. The scooter track will be out of action during this time, however there's still plenty of open space for scooting and outdoor excercise on the Piazza.
Landscaped piazza - now open
A vibrant new space
The space between Market Street Lawn and the former Newcastle Station bus depot has been transformed into exciting new public domain with sculpted garden beds, shady trees, seating, new paving and picnic space. The result is an attractive and inviting continuous link between two of Newcastle’s premier public spaces.
The new piazza replacing the former bus depot, creates a versatile community space that connects The Station with the waterfront. Interpretive art features tell the stories of the site’s Aboriginal and European history.
Video: The Station landscaping - June 2020
Video: Creating the planter boxes at The Station
Where the land meets the sea
A key feature of the new piazza is an Aboriginal interpretive artwork that also serves as a unique meeting place. We worked with the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council to create designs that reflect Newcastle's First People and their relationship with the land and the harbour.
Concrete seating is arranged in a boomerang configuration, while stenciled concrete represents tide lines and the importance of Newcastle harbour as a food source. Fish, crustaceans and land animals are represented, and an illuminated 'fire pit' that glow red after dark.
Working with local stakeholders is vital to creating vibrant public spaces that still retain heritage and share the stories of the land's original inhabitants.
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