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Help make sensational Springvale more sensational

About the Springvale Boulevard Project

The Springvale Boulevard Project will transform Springvale Road into a signature boulevard, reinforcing the activity centre as one of Melbourne’s leading cultural destinations.

The project will leverage the recent $159 million level crossing removal project, which has seen the railway station upgraded and the creation of a new southern public space connecting to Springvale retail shopping strip.

The project aims to transform Springvale Road between Virginia Street and St James Avenue into a signature boulevard.  Streetscape improvements will help reinforce the activity centre as one of Melbourne’s leading cultural destinations.

All community ideas and feedback have been considered during the design phase of the project. The design phase is now underway with construction scheduled for 2018 and ongoing staged implementation beyond 2018.

 

Concept Design

The Springvale Boulevard project will transform Springvale Road into a signature boulevard to reinforce the Activity Centre as one of Melbourne’s leading (much loved) cultural destinations.

Community consultation raised important issues such as:

  • An improved pedestrian experience and safety
  • Improved paving and lighting
  • Greening including more shade trees
  • High quality thoughtful design elements
  • Opportunities for socialising
  • Streetscape public art
  • A design specific to Springvale that is inclusive of all identities and cultures

We thank the community for their valuable input. Council has now commenced a four week public exhibition period to share the concept design which we believe reflects the community aspirations.

Where can you view the Concept Design?

Download Concept Design Poster

Alternative, residents can view the full concept design in large scale at Post Office Laneway (adjacent to the Springvale Post Office), Springvale Road, Springvale. 

 

Below is some community comments and the design response by Council:

Planting Strategy

“We need plants – there is too much concrete everywhere”

“In years gone mass plantings of annuals provided colour to the precinct”

Design Response

Plant selection for the project reflects the rich cultural diversity of the precinct with a framework of Australian plants, mixed with exotic display gardens at key locations along the street.  Shade canopy trees are proposed for the widened footpath areas to provide amenity to pedestrians.

 

Paving Strategy

"We’d like re-paving of the footpaths with nice designs relating to the area as it is now, and perhaps its history”

Design Response

A custom Springvale paving pattern was developed to highlight moments of East/West connection into Springvale’s hidden network of laneways and arcades.  The pattern uses seemingly displaced individual units that cluster together to form a strong and connected paving pattern.  The paving pattern serves as a metaphor for the migrant experience, referencing thousands of migrants who have made Springvale their home and in turn strengthened the Springvale community.

 

Furniture Strategy

‘Make people more comfortable on the street with seats and space to sit and watch’

Design response

We are proposing numerous new standard seats all along Springvale Road.  This will be complimented by custom designed ‘stools’ at key east-west locations.

The custom seating strategy was developed to reflect the patterns of street occupation that occur throughout the Springvale shopping precinct.  Clusters of individual stools arranged at key moments will provide flexibility for people to sit alone or in groups.

 

 A place for people

‘I visit 3 or 4 times a week to food shop – we need more areas to sit, eat, have a coffee and relax…’

‘Many customers are elderly and have full shopping jeeps’

‘The footpath goods allow curious shoppers to explore and enjoy’

Did you know that Springvale Road is the longest ‘arterial’ road in Melbourne?   It’s approximately 40 km from Edithvale to Doncaster East.  While there’s no doubt that Springvale Road is an important road for drivers, it is also an important place for people. 

Design response:

Wider Footpaths

  • One way to make Springvale Road more comfortable for people is to extend the footpaths.  So the footpath widths have been increased  by up to 3 metres.  This gives Springvale Road plenty of space for people to sit, socialise and shop while also providing generous space for kerb-side trade, garden beds and furniture.  A pedestrian clearance zone along the shop fronts is provided for easy movement along Springvale Road.

Remove Central median and trees

  • Removal of the centre median will allow the pedestrian crossing distances to be reduced to make is safer and quicker for people to get across the road.
  • The existing 8 trees in Springvale Road between Lightwood Road and Windsor Avenue are in the wrong position for people to enjoy.  We’re proposing to remove them and plant approximately 70 new  trees (6 times the existing number) within the extended footpath area, clear of the shop verandahs, where people can sit and enjoy them.

 


Remove Pedestrian Underpass

We are proposing the removal of the pedestrian underpass for the following reasons:

  • Community feedback regarding safety issues
  • It is not ‘Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant’ because the ramps are too steep and lack a landing platform for people with limited mobility
  • The stairs and ramps take up a lot of footpath space.  By removing them, we gain space for garden beds, furniture and trader activities
  • Reduce public risk related to flooding

 

40 km speed zone / 24 Hours per day

The benefits of the 24 hour / 40km per hour speed limit will improve pedestrian and vehicle safety throughout the precinct.