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Beresfield: Bring this space to life

Beresfield Local Centre is now completed. A collaborative community placemaking process for the design of the new community public open space at the intersection of Beresford Avenue and Lawson Avenue is ongoing with completion planned for early 2020.

Beresfield: Bring this space to life

Beresfield project page 

 

Beresfield local centre was one of the first centres to be renewed in 2018/19 as part of City of Newcastle’s local centres program.

To guide the renewal a public domain plan was developed for Beresfield local centre, which involved community consultation to identify issues and possible solutions.

Infrastructure renewal work was completed in August 2019 and to celebrate we invite the community to join us at the upcoming Opening Event (TBA). 

As part of the renewal, we have created a new public open space in the heart of Beresfield local centre at the intersection of Beresford Avenue and Lawson Avenue. This corner space has the potential to be a prominent and special place for locals to meet and spend time. Due to the importance of this space we have undertaken a community placemaking process to bring the community into the design process for its completion.

Placemaking - recent consultation - what we heard


In February 2019 we engaged artists Up’n’Up to hold workshops with children in local schools, to develop design themes for the new community space.

On 6 April 2019 we held a placewarming activity and invited the community - those working, living and / or recreating in Beresfield – into the space to experience, generate and test ideas to imagine how the space could be activated and used into the future i.e. “warming the place”.

Approximately 100 locals attended the event to share their ideas and get a feel for the new space. Engagement activities included an ideas wall, on-site community activities, a bicycle workshop by Steads Cycles and music. Artists Up’n’Up attended to engage local children in street art activities.

Community ideas included edible community gardens, seedbanks, community library, shade, seating and adding creative aspects to make the space feel unique to Beresfield.

We would like to thank the local community for sharing your ideas to help us create a welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy into the future. 

Next steps


We have teamed up with the University of Newcastle to develop creative ideas for the space using the information provided by the community. This collaborative approach builds on research undertaken by the University in January 2019 to measure urban heat island effect in the space.  The community will have the opportunity to view concept ideas and vote on their favourite later this year.

Following community consultation the new public open space will be delivered on-ground in early 2020.

Project status


Construction work for Beresfield local centre infrastructure renewal commenced in March 2018 and was be carried out in stages. The infrastructure renewal work was completed in August 2019.

A collaborative community placemaking process for the design of the new community public open space at the intersection of Beresford Avenue and Lawson Avenue is ongoing with completion planned for early 2020.

Visit Beresfield Local Centre to track the project stages. 

Beresfield Celebration Opening

Lord Mayor of Newcastle Nuatali Nelmes invites you to celebrate the upgrade of the Beresfield local centre.

There will be family entertainment and performances to celebrate improvements to the area with the community and local businesses.

When: Friday 20 September from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Kyrie Park, on the corner of Addison and Milton Streets.

What we heard

View the documents to learn what we heard from engaging with the local community.

Beresfield Engagement Summary Report 2019
Up and Up Engagement Report

To stay up todate on the project works visit Beresfield Local Centre

Project timeline

2016
Community consultation
2016-2017
Public Domain Plan developed and exhibited
February 2017
Council approval
2017
Detailed design
2018
Construction
February 2019
In-school student workshops
April 6 2019
Bring your space to life day
May 2019
Project completion
July 2019
Placemaking completion

Frequently asked questions

The placewarming activity invites the community, those who will be working, living and / or recreating in a place – into the space to experience, generate and test ideas to imagine how this space could be activated and used into the future i.e. “warming the place”.
Placemaking is a people-centred approach to planning and activating places.
It is the community who breathe life into a places and nurture them into the future.
Encouraging community to be part of the design process leads to places that are special, unique and meet local needs.
Place design can influence whether people want to use it, what they do there and how they feel about it:
  • If a place is badly designed it is likely to be underused, it may attract antisocial behaviour and become dangerous. This can lead to a downward spiral.
  • If a place is well designed with community input, it is likely to be well used, attracting positive activity and becoming a safe, inviting place to be. This positivity can become self-perpetuating.
Placemaking aims to achieve safe, vibrant and welcoming places and long-term community benefit.

 
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