CBD upgrade of Castle St takes off
CASTLE St is about to become a major construction zone, as the first of many projects identified in the CBD Masterplan to upgrade the CBD gets under way.
CBD Masterplan Committee chairman Rod McKelvey said after working through the planning detail, work on some eagerly awaited infrastructure improvements should be finished by the end of September.
"The three major works all relate to the Castle Street car park and include a double glass-encased lift covering all floors, a roof covering the top deck and a brand new toilet block," Mr McKelvey said.
"The upper level of the Castle St car park contains 160 car spaces, but it is rarely used due to the lack of weather protection and inconvenience.
"Providing an awning and lifts in conjunction with relocating full-time parking to the upper level will create more convenient CBD parking."
New toilet facilities will be built in Castle Street to replace the old and inconvenient Riding Lane toilets.
The new toilets will feature plenty of 'open space' and a contemporary architectural feel, with a large open timber canopy sailing above precast concrete wall panels. Louvres will allow natural light and air to filter into the toilets which will feature an external co-share wash basin.
Mr McKelvey said a key focus of the new toilet block would be the incorporation of safer-by-design philosophies, meeting the CBD Masterplan principles promoting accessible and livable places.
To improve the car park even further, the entire building will be painted inside and out, with the installation of new lighting, security cameras and signage.