Bridge Mall concept designs endorsed by Ballarat City Council 

Grenville Street

Bridge Mall concept designs have been endorsed by Ballarat City Council. 

The concept designs will be used to complete detailed final designs, cost planning and capital work tendering, with final concepts due to be completed early next year. 

The concept designs are the result of extensive consultation with the community, traders, landowners and other special interest groups. 

The co-creation phase with the community revealed people wanted to keep the centralised ‘town square’ feel, while also being a place to meet with others, get things done, access services and attend special events and activities. 

Critical elements to be reflected in the designs include: 

  • Must embed Wadawurrung connection to country, tell the story of the Yarrowee (Yaramlok) River and refer to the land prior to white settlement 
  • Must reflect the city’s relationship to waterways and natural environment 
  • Must include a strong element of play and discovery so young people and families can linger 
  • Be accessible for all, including people who currently use and love the Bridge Mall 
  • Be a vibrant trade destination 

Key design features will include: 

  • Extending the Sturt Street gardens along Grenville Street to connect the city with the Yarrowee River and Canadian Creek trails and provide new places to sit, meet and enjoy.

  • Successfully bringing together retail and trading alongside shared community and event spaces.

  • Bridge Street to be reserved mainly for pedestrians with some shared paths for cyclists and with safe car access, plus plenty of adaptable places to sit, eat, meet and enjoy.

  • A new 30-metre-long play space on the Bridge Mall’s southern side to maximise sunlight and provide a family focal point. Detailed design still to come.

  • New tree planting and landscaping in Little Bridge Street with redevelopment of the bus stop.

  • Introducing an arbour styled covering and new shelters in Coliseum Walk to encourage outdoor dining and trading.

  • Inspiration for a detailed materials palette to come from Wadawurrung and Yarrowee River shapes, connections and ideas.

  • Precinct lighting will include functional, façade, feature and event focused lighting that will highlight Ballarat’s architectural history and heritage. 

City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Daniel Moloney said he was very heartened the Councillors had clearly made a case that this Council that will get on and do these major projects.

"Tonight we are making a decision for a concept plan to get to the design stage - gates among the journey," Cr Moloney said.

"I want to issue a challenge to all the businesses, building owners and land owners to come to the party and offer up some of their suggestions for improving these spaces."

View the concept designs as part of the November 24 City of Ballarat Council Meeting Agenda or on the Bridge Mall Precinct MySay page.