Hardware lane, Melbourne

The City of Melbourne is set to revitalise tourist hotspot Hardware Lane with a $2 million streetscape upgrade, to improve pedestrian safety and attract more visitors to the area. 

The streetscape works were approved following community consultations in 2018 and 2021, which found two-thirds of residents and traders support the proposed design.

Infrastructural improvements will include the replacement of the current red brick pavement with Melbourne’s distinctive bluestone paving along the length of the laneway. 

The existing red brick pavement on Hardware Lane was installed 35 years ago and has deteriorated over time, becoming slippery and uneven – posing a risk to public safety. 

Red brick paving will be retained on a privately owned driveway off Bourke Street, with new protective granite bollards installed to improve pedestrian access. 

The proposed streetscape improvements also include: 

  • Installing new lighting above the laneway 
  • 17 tree plantings to increase canopy cover 
  • New street furniture 
  • Creating a new pedestrian crossing on Little Bourke Street 

The CIty of Melbourne said the bluestone will be sourced from Melbourne suppliers, in an effort to support local Victorian businesses and jobs. 

Councillors will vote on the proposed streetscape design at the 2 October Future Melbourne Committee meeting. If endorsed, the project will be put to tender before staged construction begins in mid-2023. 

CIty of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, said,  “Hardware Lane is an iconic part of our city – we’re delivering these critical works to protect it for decades to come and ensure it remains a top destination.    

“The proposed design aims to strike a balance between preserving the look and feel of this beloved city laneway and making sure it’s safe.  

“These improvements will offer a safer and more enjoyable experience for diners, pedestrians and vehicles who use the laneway every day.”

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