The New Northbridge project was designed around its rich history and the diverse range of people and cultures based in the area. In fact, the initial planning was based around the retention of 46 heritage listed properties, dictating the urban form in some areas, as well as the pattern of the road.
It incorporates the adaptive reuse of heritage sites, new housing, shopping and entertainment areas, office precincts and areas of integrated open space, such as the Plateia Hellas on Lake Street. The Nexus sculpture within this area celebrates the Greek community’s role in the development of Northbridge and provides a shared area for business, residential and recreational activity.
Safety, security and good amenities have been primary components of the area’s design. Five hundred and fifty new off-street parking bays have been created and streets are now well lit through the installation of new light poles. New paving, street furniture, landscaping, road surfaces and the installation of public artworks have beautified the streetscapes, transforming the area.
New Northbridge is also a cyclist and pedestrian-friendly environment – Aberdeen Street is an important bike route through the area that links to the Graham Farmer Freeway cycle path.