East End Stage One Streetscape Plan
New footpaths, activated laneways and new outdoor eating and retail opportunities are part of the City's plans to overhaul Hunter Street East.
Adopted by Council in 2018, The Hunter Street Newcastle East End Stage One Streetscape Plan will complement the current redevelopment of the David Jones building and nearby projects to reinvigorate two blocks bound by Perkins, Newcomen, King and Scott streets
The East End Stage One Streetscape Plan focuses on the upgrade of Hunter Street between the intersection with Scott Street to the west, and the intersection with Newcomen Street to the east. The Plan also captures Market Square located at the southern end of Market Street, side streets including Perkins, Wolfe, Thorn, Market, Morgan and Newcomen Streets as well as a network of laneways and stairs between King and Hunter Streets.
The document defines the character of each space within the study area as well as establishing a materials palette that is integrated with Newcastle Urban Forest Technical Manual and Street Tree Selection Manual.
View the adopted Hunter Street Newcastle East End Stage One Streetscape Plan (pdf 9.9MB).
Additional upgrades for streets around Mall
Wider footpaths for outdoor dining, new landscaping and a traffic closure to help activate two long-dormant laneways are among additional plans approved for streets surrounding Hunter Street Mall.
The additions to the Hunter Street Newcastle East End Stage One Streetscape Plan were approved by Council in May 2020 after extensive stakeholder engagement and design development over the past 12 months.
The works include new landscaping at the old Mall bus stop at the junction of Hunter and Scott Street and an overhaul for the stretch of footpath between Perkins and Brown streets. Keightley Street will be closed to through traffic to prioritise pedestrians ahead of a Melbourne laneway-style development currently subject to DA determination, which if approved will see laneway activations either side of Hunter Street under the 2018 streetscape plan.
The expanded plan dovetails with Iris Capital’s transformation of the David Jones building into a five-star hotel and retail and hospitality proposal between Hunter and Keightley streets. Connections from Market Street Lawn will be improved for both pedestrians and cars thanks to two pedestrian crossings either side of a broadened Market Street driveway, which will make it easier to access the post office.
A range of other new treatments to make the area west of the old David Jones building safer and more attractive include:
• modifications to the intersection of Scott and Hunter streets, allowing increased pedestrian refuge to the western and southern sides of Hunter Street for landscaping and alfresco dining
• realignment of the intersection of Hunter, Scott and Brown streets with a raised pedestrian crossing at the latter
• a separated bi-directional cycleway on the northern side of Hunter Street
• relocation of the King Street bus stop from west of Perkins Street to just east
• a separated single direction cycleway on either side of Perkins Street
• there is provision for two separated cycleways on Perkins Street to ease access from King Street.
View the City Centre Project Updates page for further information on this project.