Maude Street Mall Update
Advocating for an alternate plan based on stakeholder feedback sessions, the Spiire led design has been endorsed by The Greater Shepparton City Council as the preferred option to re-design Maude Street Mall in Shepparton’s city centre. Spiire’s role as design and project delivery consultant to the Council has supported the advancement of the project further than previous attempts made to re-invigorate this space in the heart of Shepparton.
The option was presented as an alternative proposition during the initial consultation phase with the Council, after Spiire identified a gap existed in the proposed list of options and project brief. Working with stakeholders and community feedback during workshops and meetings, the Landscape Architecture and Engineering teams developed a new option that directly addressed the community’s needs that arose from collating the findings of the session.
As part of the consultation, Spiire’s Visual Media team developed 3-dimensional flythrough and a full virtual reality world for each of the four options. Presented onsite in the mall and accessible to the public, the technology allowed users to conceptualise what the space would look like with each of the four options. Ambient sounds including distant chatter brought the scene to life, and transported locals to a Maude Street Mall of the future.
Geraldine Christou, Director Sustainable Development, recently commended that “Spiire were able to involve a diverse range of stakeholders in the design process and incorporate a broad spectrum of views and uses of space into the concepts. Spiire’s professionalism and commitment to engaging closely with stakeholders has resulted in a series of designs that are based on a strong technical and engineering foundation and informed by community feedback.”
This hallmark decision will see the space be developed to a shared streetscape for people and transportation modes. The road opening will allow one-way traffic and parking through the area in the north precinct, with further car spaces provided for in the south. The design includes the possibility to stage the redevelopment and gives a higher potential opportunity to retain existing features and infrastructure where feasible.
We look forward to continuing to work with the City’s Stakeholders and Council; and excited to see the project move to the next phase and closer to fruition.
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