Property and Infrastructure Specialists
Successfully defined and delivered a complex public works project to transform an archaeologically-sensitive rail corridor into a significant public domain and transport hub.
Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation
Newcastle, NSW

Restoring Newcastle’s heritage

Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation engaged the expertise of APP in early 2017. The team negotiated, planned and delivered the transformation of Market Street Lawn, including the heritage-listed Newcastle Signal Box, and connected the CBD with the waterfront.

A multi-layered approach

The Market Street Entertainment Precinct project involved the revitalisation of a former railway corridor, creating an attractive green space connecting the CBD with the harbour. The APP approach included an extensive multi-layered strategy to create a new public domain precinct, including:

  • assessment of contaminated land
  • conducting an archaeological investigation
  • consultation with civil and roadworks
  • utilities and footpath management
  • amenities for public events
  • landscaping and design

The centrepiece was the restoration of the heritage-listed Signal Box building, including a mezzanine for visitors to view historically-significant train signals. An illuminated water feature created a focal point for the large public domain space.

A solutions-based strategy

APP experts devised a flexible and sensitive plan to accommodate the different layers of history contained within the Market Street Lawn site. The landscape design worked around archaeological features such as:

  • a former boat harbour
  • elements of a former fisheries building
  • footings from the State Trawler Fish Depot
  • an old railway turntable

A collaborative process

The ambitious construction program required extensive collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including the City of Newcastle Council, Transport for NSW, the Office of Environment and Heritage. A further important planning factor was working alongside the construction of the Newcastle Light Rail.


APP expertise ensured that the complex Market Street entertainment precinct project was completed to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. The space is now a vibrant and attractive public domain hosting a range of community activities, including:

  • markets
  • music events
  • fun runs
  • a precinct for Newcastle 500 Supercars

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