Inspire : Public Works July Aug 2014
CASE STUDY In 2010, the centre of Prospect (the so-called Village Heart), located on the norther n fringes of Adelaide, consisted of a hotchpotch of shops smeared along a road that was harsh, drab and heavy with traffc. Fast forward to 2014 and the arterial road once dominated by cars is now a multi-purpose shopping and café strip that serves the needs of local businesses and is a far friendlier place to be for pedestrians and cyclists. The ribbon of road "is now marked by wider footpaths full of carefully tended plantings, LED-lit art installations and al fresco dining options," says the City of Prospect's former Director of Corporate Ser vices and Major Projects, Justin Commons. "We never looked at this road as just another transport corridor. The upgrade of Prospect Road ties in with the state's 30-year plan for Adelaide, which encourages walking and cycling and use of public transport," says Commons, who is now Director of Corporate Ser vices at Livingstone Shire Council, in Queensland. "We wanted a focus on quality landscaping, modern street fur nishings and attractive pavers ... and the driver behind all of that was because the council wanted to see more people living in the area to increase the betterment of the local economy and avoid urban sprawl into the Barossa and McLaren Vale areas,” he says. Commons says the regeneration of Prospect Village, which is located about a quarter of the way along the road’s 5.8km length, has given the urban area a new lease on life. The council also reduced the speed limit to 40km/h – a frst for a South Australian metropolitan arterial road -- providing a safer environment for shoppers, and therefore helping to stimulate the local economy. John Willbery, Principal Engineer, Tonkin Consulting, who managed the detailed design and documentation process for the project, says the redevelopment of Prospect Road had given metropolitan Adelaide a new 'main street' destination. Willbery says despite the fact there was a net loss to on-street parking, the rejuvenation resulted in more people walking and cycling and an increased use of public transport. He says the council gathered suggestions about the project from the local business community who were very much in favour of it and understood they would have to suffer some "short- term pain to achieve long-ter m gain”. The Prospect Road upgrade includes the installation of public street art in the form of giant gumnuts made of galvanised steel tubing and high- density polypropylene, with internal LED lighting that changes colour with temperature changes. 27 IMPROVING ADELAIDE'S PROSPECTS Prospect Road precinct was once just a corridor for cars -- now it is a destination in its own right, and a safer and friendlier place for all road users. BY CARLA GROSSETTI Another of the village's positive qualities is its water- sensitive urban design.
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