Melbourne Turning from Grey to Green
The City of Melbourne plans to rip up ‘underperforming’ roads and to turn them into parks.
First stop is Southbank Boulevard, which is set to become the city’s largest linear park and part of a large-scale upgrade at a cost of $15 million over three years.
New gardens and open spaces will replace one kilometre of road from St Kilda Road to Crown Casino car park, said environment chair Arron Wood.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said his plan to turn the City of Melbourne from “grey into green” will save his council millions in the long-run by prioritising motorbikes, cyclists and pedestrians over cars.
St Kilda Road’s four-lane congestion problem has plagued Melbourne for years. This is why City of Melbourne plans to accommodate the nine hundred-thousand Melbournians who travel each day to the city on foot.
So, what will Melbourne look like?
Our beautiful city’s plan to turn Southbank Boulevard into the “Green Spine” of Melbourne will be carried out with the use of plants, street furniture and architecturally designed bollards.
We’ve been busy revamping Melbourne’s streetscapes with what we call our Soft Approach to Hard Security. The planters above, installed opposite Southern Cross Station, weigh over a ton each to protect Melbourne commuters during rush hour every day.
We provide a variety of streetscape architecture for councils to keep pedestrians safe both during the day and at night, including solar light bollards and other protective barriers to suit all styles.
NJM Group’s range of street furniture includes sidewalk and park benches, pedestrian canopies and façade panelling. Street furniture is important because it provides pedestrians with facilities, lighting and protection.
The City of Melbourne’s plan to incorporate more street furniture will complement its new open areas and gardens by providing people with more room for recreational activities.
Public areas provide amazing opportunities for community development. They allow residents and the general public to become more social in public spaces and this has been proven to be the underpinning of a strong sense of community within societies all over the world.