The 2018 Liveable Cities Conference is being held next month over 16 – 17 July at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park.
Now in its 11th year, this Conference will continue to explore the liveability of our metropolitan and regional urban centres.
Mr Tim Black, Director at BKK Architects joins us at the conference to discuss ‘Urban Renewal through Courage, Collaboration and Community Engagement: The Acland Street Upgrade’.
St Kilda is famous for its cultural richness, much of which is embodied in its urban fabric; Acland Street is no exception. Completed in November 2016, the Acland Street Upgrade transformed this well-loved but vehicle-focused thoroughfare into a pedestrian and mass transit-centred streetscape, fit for a 21st century city.
Delivered via partnership between City of Port Phillip (COPP), Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and Yarra Trams, the project originated from PTV’s commitment to make Route 96 Melbourne’s first fully accessible tram route. With support from BKK Architects and McGregor Coxall, COPP worked with PTV and Yarra Trams to develop a project that would meet the expectations of all stakeholders; from local traders and community members, to the state government. This collaborative model of project governance, and the resulting urban design response, produced an integrated and place-based solution that delivers urban mobility and liveability, while supporting the cultural and economic prosperity of the local community.
The Acland Street Upgrade comprised upgrading the existing terminus to a fully accessible tram stop, and converting 1300m2 of roadway and parking to public space (including a 600m2 public plaza). The new public space acts as a ‘community canvas’, with the plaza proving a popular performance and art space flanked by lively trade and tourism.
The project has been subject to rigorous post-construction evaluation, measuring its effect on pedestrian numbers, public transport performance, traffic conditions, community and trader satisfaction, and economic impact. The results are overwhelmingly favourable, with the project having positive effect across all key indicators.
Presenters Craig McLean (COPP) and Tim Black (BKK) will share insights and lessons learnt from data gathered during post-construction evaluations and discuss the details of project governance and community engagement; aspects of the project that, through courage and commitment to the project vision, ultimately proved crucial to its success.
Tim Black is a founding director of BKK Architects. He specialises in urban design and infrastructure projects, playing a key role in some of Melbourne’s most important urban design and infrastructure projects over his sixteen years in practice. Tim holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School and has undertaken civil engineering studies at Melbourne University. He has taught both design and communication at RMIT’s Department of Architecture and has lectured internationally on his practice’s work.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Liveable Cities Conference in Melbourne and to secure your spot please visit liveablecities.org.au