Civic Station Precinct
What we are doing Civic Station precinct
Civic Station precinct
In November and December 2016 we asked you for your thoughts on the future of the Civic station precinct, through the Ideas Festival – a community-centred program to gather ideas on the future use/s and design of the precinct to support viable and sustainable outcomes.
The precinct is around 4000m2 in size and includes the station and surrounding grounds between Newcastle Museum and Hunter Street.
People were asked what they would like to see in the space and for their input for full or partial retention or removal of the buildings, kiosk and footbridge.
What we heard
We received more than 500 comments about the Civic Station precinct, with strong support for improved amenity and open space. People saw outdoor functionality as a high priority and wanted improved links to the waterfront and enhanced amenity in the heart of the precinct.
Overall there were mixed views on the removal or retention of station buildings. There was strong support for improved public domain that could be used for entertainment or performances and as a gathering area.
People also supported improved amenity such as shade, tables and chairs and disability accessible spaces for all to enjoy and participate in.
Read more about the Ideas Festival in the Outcomes Report.
Revitalising Newcastle has submitted a Development Application (DA) to Newcastle City Council that proposes the redevelopment of the former Civic railway station and the surrounding precinct.
The DA includes adaptive reuse of the station building and the creation of new public domain that will create a strong north-south pedestrian axis from the city’s library and art gallery through Wheeler Place and into Honeysuckle.
The concept looks at not just the station building but the wider precinct and achieves the right balance in terms of preservation and activation.
Revitalising Newcastle has worked closely with heritage experts and landscape architects to ensure any changes to the site are respectful of its local heritage.