Stage one of Hardware Lane upgrade begins
Works to revitalise Hardware Lane is under way to improve pedestrian safety and attract more visitors.
The Hardware Lane streetscape upgrade will see the iconic red brick pavement that was installed 35 years ago replaced by “Melbourne’s distinctive and long-lasting bluestone paving”, due to the deterioration of the red brick posing a safety hazard.
The first stage of the project between Bourke St and Little Bourke St is expected to be completed in September, before moving onto stage two.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said that the bluestone was “a beautiful and practical replacement” which had been used in other prominent laneways such as Degraves St and Hosier Lane.
“Hardware Lane is one of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways - a hot spot for hospitality and retail, and a world-renowned dining precinct,” Cr Capp said.
“We’re delivering streetscape upgrades to ensure this much-loved destination remains safe and accessible for everyone.”
Streetscape works will also include the planting of 15 trees, as well as installing bluestone vehicle barriers. Upgrades will take place in sections and outside of peak hours to minimise disruption to businesses, with stage two works focusing on the section between Little Bourke St and Lonsdale St.
“We can’t wait to see Hardware Lane refreshed and continuing to hum with activity,” Cr Capp said.
Caption: Lord Mayor Sally Capp joins the council’s general manager of property, infrastructure, and design Roger Teale; project manager Payas Padia; and capital works delivery manager Chris Parperis in announcing the start of the Hardware Lane upgrade.