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Brunswick Street Mall refurbishment works start

20 January, 2014

Brunswick Street Mall refurbishment works start

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is today announcing the start of works on a fast-tracked $4 million dollar Brunswick Street Mall refurbishment to enhance its daytime economy.

The Lord Mayor said the refurbishment would give the Brunswick Street Mall a much-needed facelift in time for the G20 Summit, whilst minimising construction impacts on traders.

“I’m a big believer in the ‘broken window theory’ and by giving the Valley Mall a spruce-up, we are sending the strong message that we are a clean, tidy and proud city,” Cr Quirk said.

“It’s important that Brisbane and the Brunswick Street Mall is ready to sell itself to the world when thousands of delegates, support staff and media travel to Brisbane for G20 Summit.

“These visitors will need somewhere to shop, eat and play during their stay and this fast-tracked upgrade will ensure the Valley’s traders are primed to share in the lucrative investment G20 will deliver for our local economy.”

Cr Quirk said the refurbishment would include removal and replacement of pavers, improvement of lighting and public entertainment areas, placement of overhead wire structures for art installations and construction of small retail and art pods.

“We will install a large wire roof cantenary structure, which will support lighting and public art and provide shelter and shade, similar to designs in Sydney and Switzerland,” Cr Quirk said.

“Current design features of the area that are popular with residents will stay, including the central pedestrian walkway, performance area and artwork integrated into the pavements.”

Cr Quirk said he had been working closely with local traders to make this upgrade as painless as possible by undertaking construction during their quietest period and keeping access to their businesses.

“Throughout these works the traders will be open for businesses, with footpaths on either side and cross paths to ensure pedestrians can still access the Mall safely,” he said.

“There will be occasional temporary closures for safety reasons, when construction occurs adjacent to shopfronts, however this will be kept to a minimum.”

Cr Quirk said construction works are scheduled for completion mid-year, weather permitting.

“From now until the end of February, demolition works will occur including pulling up old pavers and setting up of the work site,” he said.

“From March to May, we will see the new Mall starting to take shape; laying new pavement, installing street furniture, artwork and signage.”

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