$2.8 million transformation to reinvent Charlestown Mall gets underway

Published on 18 August 2020

Lake Macquarie Mayor and Manager Assets Brendan Callander walk through Pearson Street Mall.jpg

A fresh upgrade is now underway for one of Lake Macquarie’s busiest pedestrian malls, with works starting on-site this week. The transformation of Pearson Street Mall will deliver a flexible space for people to connect, eat, work and play within the heart of Charlestown.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said the $2.8 million Pearson Street Mall redevelopment would revitalise retail and commercial opportunities in the surrounding precinct.

“The mall is a gateway to our City’s largest retail precinct,” Cr Fraser said.

“The modernisation of this area will reinvent the space, transforming it into a hub for the Charlestown community”.

“The upgrade will allow for events, markets, live music and food trucks, providing opportunities for businesses, workers and residents.

“This is an exciting project for our City and I look forward to seeing this area re-energised and re-purposed.”

The revitalisation project includes smart cities initiatives such as smart bins, environmental sensors, Wi-Fi and digital signage, as well as custom-made street furniture designed by Joe Haig from Codewise Pty Ltd, creative lighting designed by John Fish Studio, new landscaping, improved street lighting and an upgrade at the intersection of Ridley Street and Pearson Street.

Council Manager Assets Management Brendan Callander said the improvements would deliver a safer, pedestrian-friendly precinct.

“As part of the works, we will be replacing the existing pavement, reducing trip hazards and providing safer access through the mall,” Mr Callander said.

"We'll also be replacing trees in the mall with mature specimens more suited to the local environment and less likely to cause root damage.”

The revamp is set to complement recent works completed by GPT, owner of Charlestown Square, at its reinvented north piazza, The Corner.

Works are expected to be complete early 2021.

Council will work closely with businesses and residents in the area to minimise impacts of the project, where possible.

To stay up-to-date with the project, visit lakemac.com.au/Projects/Pearson-Street-Mall-Upgrade.