What is a masterplan
A masterplan is a document that guides the management and future development of an area. It a process that defines what is important about a place and how its character and quality can be conserved, improved and enhanced. In the case of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore, the masterplan will include key information such as historical context, background information, values, principles and objectives, and concept designs that will be used as a blueprint to progress the revitalisation of the site.
Why is the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore Masterplan being developed?
City of Newcastle (CN) adopted the Foreshore Plan of Management (PoM) in October 2015. The PoM provided guidance on key management objectives for the space, including maintaining visual amenity and views, providing appropriate facilities and services and creating flexible spaces to meet community needs. It also identified improvements to pedestrian and cycleway access and better activation of dormant spaces. The PoM identified the need to develop a masterplan to guide the future development of the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore including the development of a regional-level inclusive playspace. Recognition of the establishment of the parkland and historical uses will form a crucial part of the plan.
Why is it important to revitalise Newcastle Harbour Foreshore?
The Harbour Foreshore is an important recreation and cultural space for the inner city and the wider Newcastle community. Given its soaring popularity, consideration must be given as to how it can be enhanced to help complement the City’s ongoing revitalisation and meet the growing needs of the community. There are significant opportunities to improve the use and functionality of the Foreshore through;
- the provision of an inclusive playscape with potential of a water-themed playspace. at Foreshore Park.
- providing better cycleway and pedestrian linkages between the Bathers Way to the Honeysuckle and Civic precincts;
- improving the layout and integration of event spaces throughout the foreshore
- greater recognition to the historical influences and cultural elements celebrated along the foreshore;
- exploring opportunities to increase night-time activation;
- exploring opportunities to provide an integrated community building to host minor functions; and
- investigating opportunities to conserve and protect significant trees, which contribute to the foreshore’s significant visual amenity.
- improving the pedestrian and cycle amenity.
- Revitalising the streetscape and public domain along Wharf Road and Argyle St.
What is the scope of the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan?
Newcastle Harbour Foreshore was identified as a priority project within the 2015 PoM. The site includes the area east of Merewether Street, along Wharf Road and the Joy Cummings Promenade, to Foreshore Park. CN will run community engagement throughout the key phases of the project and the feedback received will help inform development of the masterplan.
The masterplan seeks to retain the natural aspects of the Foreshore and preserve its uniqueness while advancing short, medium and long-term improvements within the area. The scope includes opportunities for an inclusive playground and options for a water-themed play space.
Consideration will also be given to a range of recreational, accessibility and landscaping improvements as well as opportunities for future events spaces. This could include, but is limited to, pathways, playspaces, fitness stations, picnic tables, barbecues, park benches, public art, or structures to improve dining and entertainment options such as a café, restaurant or infrastructure for festivals and events.
Who will designing the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan?
The City of Newcastle has partnered with Variety – the Children Charity to deliver the Harbour Foreshore Masterplan. Together we have engaged Landscape Architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean Pty Ltd (TCL) who have partnered with local firm Bosque Studio Landscape Architects. TCL are a multi award winning firm responsible for several iconic landscape and playspaces throughout Australia and around the world including Geelong Waterfront, Auckland Waterfront and Cairns Waterfront. TCL has set the standard other firms benchmark themselves against and they provide a tailored design approach to each project. TCL and Bosque Studio will will work with the community to provide high quality and unique landscape design for Newcastle foreshore.