Portarlington Streetscape Town Square

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Portarlington is a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula. Planning over a number of years, resulted in the Urban Design Framework and State Government run Safe Harbour Masterplan and the ultimate revitalisation of the central retail hub.

A concept was developed to create a town square surrounding the historical band rotunda and weighbridge with pedestrian links and additional footpath space on the shopping strip to the north.

Over a five-year period the project was kept alive with support from the community and finally received funding to go to detailed design and construction. Landscape Architects, Site Office designed the new streetscape and town square.

Renovation of the heritage-listed rotunda removed a severe lean and rotting base. A road surrounding the bandstand was closed and removed. Recycled timber from Geelong’s waterfront was used in all the seating and deck elements. Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) pits and biofilters were used throughout the project for an intricate web of processing and using stormwater.

Project Role

  • Advise on masterplan and UDF
  • Design concepts
  • Funding
  • Design and documentation management
  • Permanent road closure management
  • Tender Procurement
  • Project managed construction

Collaboration: Local Business, Community, State Government, VicRoads, Site Office, (Landscape Architects). Urban Initiatives

Location: Newcombe Street, Portarlington
Completion Date: 2012
Size: 2900m2
Awards: Heritage Award for rotunda rebuild and incorporation into town square.
Photography: Tom Leggatt, Site Office


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