OCULUS collaborated with the City of Melbourne to design the first urban park in the central city since City Square was completed in the 1980s. The new park, located on Market Street, will create 1900 square metres of new public open space. This includes 1300 square metres of former road space.
The new park features large lawn areas to accommodate park users, wide bluestone paths, new seating, space for programmed events and activities, improved pedestrian access to public transport and new bicycle lanes and bicycle parking. The park will also feature a wide variety of trees and water sensitive urban design elements to reduce stormwater runoff.
Key features of the park include city garden and lawns; a playful terrace; a central plaza connection from Market Street; a new separated north and southbound bicycle lanes; and reconfiguration of Market Street to southbound traffic only.
Its design has been guided by the City of Melbourne’s Open Space, Urban Forest and Nature in the City Strategies.
The abutting development site, Collins Arch, has been designed in collaboration with CBUS Property, Woods Bagot, SHoP Architects and OCULUS. It will include a collection of residences, commercial offices, a 5-star hotel (W Melbourne) and publicly accessible laneways and large amphitheatre.
Market Street Park is expected to be complete in late 2020.