Acland Street Upgrade


Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

The integrated place-based urban design has created space for all to enjoy local art, culture, performances and pop-up events, while improving the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.

The tram terminus was redeveloped as part of the Route 96 Upgrade project and provided Council with the opportunity to revitalise the streetscape of Acland Street, which had not been refreshed since the 1990s. The design for Acland Street seamlessly integrates a pedestrian friendly streetscape with a new level-access Route 96 tram terminus and aligns with the principles of the Acland Street Streetscape Framework Plan and community feedback from the 2015 consultation process. Its unique tram shelters and circle paving pattern will ensure the street remains a distinctive place, and reflects what people said was important about St Kilda.

Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade took approximately three months and could not have been delivered without your patience and understanding. We encourage you to come down and enjoy the revitalised Acland Street and new public plaza.

We will no longer be sending weekly emails, but will remain available to answer questions via phone or email.

Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

The integrated place-based urban design has created space for all to enjoy local art, culture, performances and pop-up events, while improving the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.

The tram terminus was redeveloped as part of the Route 96 Upgrade project and provided Council with the opportunity to revitalise the streetscape of Acland Street, which had not been refreshed since the 1990s. The design for Acland Street seamlessly integrates a pedestrian friendly streetscape with a new level-access Route 96 tram terminus and aligns with the principles of the Acland Street Streetscape Framework Plan and community feedback from the 2015 consultation process. Its unique tram shelters and circle paving pattern will ensure the street remains a distinctive place, and reflects what people said was important about St Kilda.

Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade took approximately three months and could not have been delivered without your patience and understanding. We encourage you to come down and enjoy the revitalised Acland Street and new public plaza.

We will no longer be sending weekly emails, but will remain available to answer questions via phone or email.


  • Six month post construction evaluation

    about 22 hours ago

    To better understand the project outcomes, Council conducted a comprehensive six month post construction evaluation of the Acland Street project. This included assessing transport conditions, public space, visitation, footpath trading, reliability and punctuality of Tram Route 96, maintenance, the Shakespeare Grove two-way trial, as well the ongoing activation program. Key findings include:

    Public space

    • The Acland Street upgrade project has repurposed 1300m2 of road and parking space into pedestrian and open space in Acland Street. 600m2 of this forms the new Acland Plaza.
    • 23 trading zones have been adjusted which have increased 224 percent (137m2) from 110 to... Continue reading

    To better understand the project outcomes, Council conducted a comprehensive six month post construction evaluation of the Acland Street project. This included assessing transport conditions, public space, visitation, footpath trading, reliability and punctuality of Tram Route 96, maintenance, the Shakespeare Grove two-way trial, as well the ongoing activation program. Key findings include:

    Public space

    • The Acland Street upgrade project has repurposed 1300m2 of road and parking space into pedestrian and open space in Acland Street. 600m2 of this forms the new Acland Plaza.
    • 23 trading zones have been adjusted which have increased 224 percent (137m2) from 110 to 247m2. The patron capacity of these trading zones has increased 189 percent (166 patrons) from 185 to 351 patrons. There has been a high level of cooperation from venue operators with the re-assessment of footpath trading zones, and the new pedestrian zone widths.

    Community satisfaction

    • Approximately three-quarters of respondents to the December 2016 Vibrant Villages survey were satisfied with the upgrade to Acland Street (76.8%) and the new Acland Plaza (77.2%), whilst approximately thirteen percent were dissatisfied with either the upgrade or the Plaza.
    • The respondents from Acland and Fitzroy streets were of the view that the recent upgrades to Acland Street and the newly completed Acland Plaza had a positive impact on accessibility, safety, amenity, and atmosphere of the area.

    Pedestrian counts

    • Pedestrian counts captured in March 2017 indicated visitation in line with the long term average. The counts show an approximate five percent decrease in weekday foot traffic and an approximate two percent decrease in weekend foot traffic compared to 2016, noting the slightly less favourable weather this year. Acland Street remains the busiest street in the municipality.

    Transport conditions

    • Analysis of transport patterns in surrounding streets indicates some increases in streets traffic volumes although these fall within acceptable volumes. Only Chaucer Street is operating slightly in excess the upper limit for a street classified as local within the road network.
    • Ambulance and police services have reported no major issues with the new street configuration.
    • Yarra Trams considers that the operational performance improvements due to the Acland Street upgrade are significant, in particular in reducing delays caused elsewhere on the route. When combined with improvements in accessibility from the new level access platforms the overall upgrade represents a notable enhancement for passengers using route 96

    Activation program

    • Between November and the end of April, 38 activations in the plaza have been facilitated as part of the activation program supported by Council.

    Maintenance

    • Following trader and community feedback, the level of street cleaning service was increased. An acid wash clean of Acland Street was conducted in April and a penetrative sealant was applied to the pavement. The sealant will enable more effective and efficient ongoing cleaning, inhibits oils and liquids penetrating the pavers and will help to protect the pavement.
    The full six month evaluation report can be found in the Document Library.
  • Acland Street Upgrade - handover

    11 months ago

    Handover

    Following the completion of construction projects there is a formal handover of the site from the contractor to the site owner, or in this case joint owners. Part of this handover process includes testing and ensuring all works and materials meet the standards and design details discussed when the contractor was appointed. During this period it is the responsibility of the owners to ensure all aspects of the project meet the expected standards, including ensuring any touch-up work, such as tile repairs or re-painting poles is complete, as well as ensuring work undertaken by third parties such as service providers has been repaired to the same standard. This process helps ensure the ongoing maintenance and cleanliness of the area.

    Acland Street Spring Fling

    The Acland Street Spring Fling was held on Saturday 12 November 2016. It was a great day featuring live music, children’s activities and family fun, roving entertainment, dance, readings and an open air masquerade ball. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a great day.

    Vibrant Acland Seed Grants

    The Vibrant Acland Seed Grants program is open for applications from Tuesday 1 November to 4pm Friday 25 November 2016. Council is looking to fund a range of events, festivals, installations, pop-ups, public classes, recreational and creative activities that demonstrate the broad possibilities of the site, test new ideas and can show an ability to be self-sufficient in the future. For more information visit the Vibrant Acland Seed Grants website.

    Handover

    Following the completion of construction projects there is a formal handover of the site from the contractor to the site owner, or in this case joint owners. Part of this handover process includes testing and ensuring all works and materials meet the standards and design details discussed when the contractor was appointed. During this period it is the responsibility of the owners to ensure all aspects of the project meet the expected standards, including ensuring any touch-up work, such as tile repairs or re-painting poles is complete, as well as ensuring work undertaken by third parties such as service providers has been repaired to the same standard. This process helps ensure the ongoing maintenance and cleanliness of the area.

    Acland Street Spring Fling

    The Acland Street Spring Fling was held on Saturday 12 November 2016. It was a great day featuring live music, children’s activities and family fun, roving entertainment, dance, readings and an open air masquerade ball. Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a great day.

    Vibrant Acland Seed Grants

    The Vibrant Acland Seed Grants program is open for applications from Tuesday 1 November to 4pm Friday 25 November 2016. Council is looking to fund a range of events, festivals, installations, pop-ups, public classes, recreational and creative activities that demonstrate the broad possibilities of the site, test new ideas and can show an ability to be self-sufficient in the future. For more information visit the Vibrant Acland Seed Grants website.

  • Acland Street Upgrade - finishing touches

    12 months ago
    Spring fling invitation

    Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

    Project fast facts:

    • 350 construction crew members worked for over 22,100 hours on site.
    • Approximately 5,000 bluestone pavers were quarried from the Mount Rouse lava flow near Port Fairy.
    • Each half-metre diameter semicircle bluestone paver weighs up to 75kg.
    • Over 13,600 bespoke modular pavers were fabricated in Ferntree Gully.
    • 1,104m of tram tracks were installed with ‘rubber boots’ to minimise operational noise from trams.
    • ... Continue reading

    Works to revitalise the Acland Street streetscape and upgrade the tram terminus have been delivered through a partnership between Public Transport Victoria (PTV), the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams.

    Project fast facts:

    • 350 construction crew members worked for over 22,100 hours on site.
    • Approximately 5,000 bluestone pavers were quarried from the Mount Rouse lava flow near Port Fairy.
    • Each half-metre diameter semicircle bluestone paver weighs up to 75kg.
    • Over 13,600 bespoke modular pavers were fabricated in Ferntree Gully.
    • 1,104m of tram tracks were installed with ‘rubber boots’ to minimise operational noise from trams.
    • Specially designed shelters were made in Geelong.

    The integrated place-based urban design has created space for all to enjoy local art, culture, performances and pop-up events, while improving the safety, comfort, capacity, reliability and accessibility of Route 96, one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes.

    Further information can be found in Works Update 8 – Ready For Summer.

    Changes to Parking

    Parking fees in the Shakespeare Grove car park were temporarily suspended as part of Council’s commitment to supporting local businesses through construction. This car park will revert to paid parking after the Acland Street Spring Fling on 12 November 2016.

    The Belford Street car park site compound will be demobilised in November.

    Visit the Council website for more information on parking in your area:

    http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/parking-neighbourhood.htm/parking.htm

    For the Acland Street Spring Fling event, the northern part of the Shakespeare Grove car park, adjacent to O’Donnell Gardens, will be closed. All cars in the northern end of the car park must be removed by 4 am.

    Vibrant Acland Seed Grants

    The Vibrant Acland Seed Grants program is now open for applications. Council is looking to fund a range of events, festivals, installations, pop-ups, public classes, recreational and creative activities that demonstrate the broad possibilities of the site, test new ideas and can show an ability to be self-sufficient in the future. For more information visit the Vibrant Acland Seed Grants website.

    Celebrate

    Join us for the Acland Street Spring Fling on 12 November. It will be an all day celebration of Acland Street featuring live music, children’s activities and family fun, roving entertainment, dance, readings and an open air ball. All your favourite Acland Street shops, cafes, restaurants and bars look forward to seeing you there.


  • Works Update - Friday 28 October

    12 months ago
    Fences being removed from plaza

    Construction

    Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade is wrapping up, and work crews have started to pack down the site.

    Fencing has been removed in time for the long weekend; however, some areas will remain cordoned off with bollards and safety tape while finishing touches are made to the street.

    Final construction activities include:

    • installation of handrails and safety fences
    • landscaping
    • installation of bins and bike hoops
    • final touches to the tram platforms
    • final paving details.

    Final elements

    Finishing touches to the site include final paving cut-ins, painting pillar boxes, cleaning and signage installation. The project team is also investigating... Continue reading

    Construction

    Construction of the Acland Street Upgrade is wrapping up, and work crews have started to pack down the site.

    Fencing has been removed in time for the long weekend; however, some areas will remain cordoned off with bollards and safety tape while finishing touches are made to the street.

    Final construction activities include:

    • installation of handrails and safety fences
    • landscaping
    • installation of bins and bike hoops
    • final touches to the tram platforms
    • final paving details.

    Final elements

    Finishing touches to the site include final paving cut-ins, painting pillar boxes, cleaning and signage installation. The project team is also investigating sealing the new pavement.

    Feature tree

    Last week our feature tree was planted. It is an Angophora costata, commonly named smooth-barked apple, or rose gum. This is a native Australian coastal tree with ornamental characteristics. Like Acland Street, the rose gum changes with the seasons. Notably, it has white, sweet smelling flowers in summer. In spring the bark sheds and young leaves with red tips grow. The bark changes colour through the year from pink to white.

    Our rose gum is approximately 3.5 metres high and is a fast growing tree, able to reach up to 25 metres in height, and live up to 150 years. Council was prepared to procure a larger tree as this is an important focal point for the project; however, local suppliers were not able to source a larger tree suitable to our local conditions.

    Celebrate

    Join us for the Acland Street Spring Fling on 12 November. It will be an all day celebration of Acland Street featuring live music, children’s activities and family fun, roving entertainment, dance, readings and an open air ball. All your favourite Acland Street shops, cafes, restaurants and bars look forward to seeing you there.


  • Works Update - Week Commencing Sunday 23 October

    about 1 year ago
    Shelters and platform

    Construction
    The Acland Street Upgrade project is nearing completion and work crews are on track to start packing down the site for the end of October.

    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    • installation of new street furniture (all areas)
    • installation of shelters in the plaza (areas 3 and 6)
    • landscaping and feature tree planting (areas 3 and 6)
    • removal of redundant power poles between Albert Street and Barkly Street (night works,... Continue reading

    Construction
    The Acland Street Upgrade project is nearing completion and work crews are on track to start packing down the site for the end of October.

    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    • installation of new street furniture (all areas)
    • installation of shelters in the plaza (areas 3 and 6)
    • landscaping and feature tree planting (areas 3 and 6)
    • removal of redundant power poles between Albert Street and Barkly Street (night works, Sunday to Wednesday)
    • final paving works, site tidy and quality check (all areas)
    • removal of all work zone fencing (areas 3 and 6).
    All platform shelters are now in place. Final works, including finishing touches to street furniture, installation of plaza shelters and planting of the plaza’s feature tree,are scheduled to occur in the coming week.

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.

    View full map in Works Update 7


    For construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au

  • Night works commencing 19 October 2016

    about 1 year ago

    Night works at the intersection of Acland Street/Carlisle Street/The Esplanade will begin this evening. These works have been timed to coincide with the Acland Street Upgrade construction phase to minimise future impact on the community. The works include installation of telecommunication conduits across the intersection and resheeting of the road asphalt.

    The night works are planned for the following evenings:

    • Wednesday 19 October 9pm – Thursday 20 October 6am
    • Thursday 20 October 9pm – Friday 21 October 6am
    • Sunday 23 October 8pm – Monday 24 October 6am.

    During the works, changed traffic conditions will be in place at the intersection... Continue reading

    Night works at the intersection of Acland Street/Carlisle Street/The Esplanade will begin this evening. These works have been timed to coincide with the Acland Street Upgrade construction phase to minimise future impact on the community. The works include installation of telecommunication conduits across the intersection and resheeting of the road asphalt.

    The night works are planned for the following evenings:

    • Wednesday 19 October 9pm – Thursday 20 October 6am
    • Thursday 20 October 9pm – Friday 21 October 6am
    • Sunday 23 October 8pm – Monday 24 October 6am.

    During the works, changed traffic conditions will be in place at the intersection of Acland Street/Carlisle Street/The Esplanade, with sections of the road temporarily closed. For your safety, please follow the signage and instructions of workers on site. We thank you for your patience during these works.

    For further construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au

    For Acland Street Upgrade information please call 9209 6777 or email aclandstreet@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 17 October

    about 1 year ago
    Weekly update map

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    The first set of shelters have been installed and the remaining shelters will be installed this coming week.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1 and 2)

    · installation of new shelters on platforms and plaza area (night works, Monday to Thursday, area 1, 2, 3... Continue reading

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    The first set of shelters have been installed and the remaining shelters will be installed this coming week.

    Works scheduled for this coming week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1 and 2)

    · installation of new shelters on platforms and plaza area (night works, Monday to Thursday, area 1, 2, 3 & 6)

    · removal of redundant power poles between Albert Street to Barkly Street (night works, Monday to Thursday)

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.

    View full map in Works Update 7











  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 10 October

    about 1 year ago
    Weekly update map

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    Paving works are progressing well and are nearing completion. The new pillar boxes have been installed.

    The first set of shelters will be installed on each platform this week, starting Sunday night. The second set of shelters will be installed on the platforms next week.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · completion of... Continue reading

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period, available on the project website.

    Paving works are progressing well and are nearing completion. The new pillar boxes have been installed.

    The first set of shelters will be installed on each platform this week, starting Sunday night. The second set of shelters will be installed on the platforms next week.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · completion of concrete works for the Barkly Street tree planter (area 3)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1, 2, 3 and 6)

    · installation of new shelters on platforms (night works, Monday to Thursday, area 1 and 2)

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    View full map in Works Update 7.



    For construction enquiries please contact PTV at 1800 800 007 or ptvprojects@ptv.vic.gov.au


  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 3 October

    about 1 year ago
    Weekly update map
    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    The final concrete works along the footpath and in the plaza area have been completed. From Monday, paving crews will commence in the plaza. Paving along the footpath has progressed and the footpaths on the southern side are nearing completion. Telstra works have now been completed.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas... Continue reading

    Construction
    Works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    The final concrete works along the footpath and in the plaza area have been completed. From Monday, paving crews will commence in the plaza. Paving along the footpath has progressed and the footpaths on the southern side are nearing completion. Telstra works have now been completed.

    Works scheduled for this week include:

    · installation of new pavers to plaza and footpath areas (all areas)

    · installation of new street furniture (areas 1, 2, 3 and 6)

    · preparation of the base and soil for the planting of our feature tree (an Angophora costata), (area 3)

    · works by United Energy to install new pillar boxes and power cut-over, (night works Tuesday and Wednesday, areas 1 and 2)

    Please note that some night works are also anticipated within the next two weeks, commencing 10 October for the installation of street furniture and removal of old lights and power poles following the energising of the new street lights.

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    View full map in Works Update 7







  • Works Update - Week Commencing Monday 26 September

    about 1 year ago
    Weekly update map

    Construction

    Tram track replacement works are complete and tram services resumed from both platforms on Monday12 September.
    Following the completion of South East Water works, the sequence of streetscape works was updated; and works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works will not be occurring over the Grand Final weekend (30 September to 2 October 2016).

    Works are continuing in the plaza, with the new concrete base being prepared for paving to begin in week 10. Paving along the... Continue reading

    Construction

    Tram track replacement works are complete and tram services resumed from both platforms on Monday12 September.
    Following the completion of South East Water works, the sequence of streetscape works was updated; and works are progressing in line with the updated schedule. The full indicative works program can be found in Works Update 7 - Streetscape works and caretaker period.

    Works will not be occurring over the Grand Final weekend (30 September to 2 October 2016).

    Works are continuing in the plaza, with the new concrete base being prepared for paving to begin in week 10. Paving along the footpath has progressed and the footpaths at the Belford Street end are nearing completion.

    Works scheduled for next week include:

    · installation of new pavers to concrete slab and footpath areas (areas1, 2, 4, 5 and 7)

    · preparation of the plaza area for concrete slab to be poured and prepared for paving (areas 3 and 6)

    · United Energy works to install new pillar boxes, (night works Monday, areas 1, and3)

    · Telstra works are due for completion Tuesday 27th September.

    Paving will be completed in stages within each zone to minimise impacts to traders and maintain safe pedestrian access.


    View full map in Works Update 7