Bulcock Streetscape stage 4
Bulcock Street Streetscape Project
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Apr 2018

The Bulcock Street Streetscape Master Plan includes a streetscape design that builds on the existing character of Bulcock Street and make sure it remains a safe and enjoyable place for visitors and locals. The upgrade enhances the look and experience of the area, improves safety and access, and provides a new drawcard which maintains and builds a sustainable economy for Caloundra.

Project scope

The Bulcock Street Streetscape project will ensure the heart of Caloundra looks attractive. It will visually improve the city centre and streetscape, and improve safety, and access.

The project aims to provide:

  • visual and physical improvements to the city centre and streetscape environment
  • improved safety, access and a supportive environment for the extension of the evening economy
  • a catalyst for maintaining and attracting new business
  • an enhanced social environment for daily users and visitors
  • a safe and convenient environment that encourages and supports community events.

The Bulcock Street masterplan[906KB] is based on findings in the Caloundra Economic Revitalisation Study 2014 (Pracsys Report).

Project update - Stage 4 - Upper Bulcock Street

The next stage of the Bulcock Street Streetscape Project is Stage 4. This stage involves the area of Upper Bulcock Street, extending from Minchinton Street to the Knox Avenue intersection.

The Stage 4 design plan[3769KB] outlines the key elements of this stage of the streetscape project. 

The $3 million Stage 4 upgrade will complement the design and character of Stage 3 to ensure a sense of connectivity and continuity along Bulcock Street. The roadway will be reshaped and upright kerbs removed as per lower Bulcock Street.

Design improvements will include new trees and shrubs, new footpaths, additional street furniture, directional signage and public art. Smart City technology will be incorporated using information and communication technologies to connect people and processes.

The Stage 4 design was on public display in August 2017 and two community information session were held in September 2017 and March 2018. 

Stage 4 - Construction timetable

Construction will start week commencing Monday 16 April 2018 and continue through to early December 2018 (weather and site conditions permitting).

To minimise inconvenience to businesses and the community, construction has been timed to start after Easter, Queensland March-April school holidays and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Construction will continue throughout other school holiday periods to ensure the project can be completed before the peak 2018-19 holiday season.

An indicative construction program[487KB] has been prepared. All works are subject to weather and site conditions.

As in previous streetscape stages, local businesses and the community will be kept informed during construction. Construction notifications will be issued regularly to directly affected businesses.

Stage 4 - Temporary changes to traffic conditions

For safety reasons, and to ensure vehicle and pedestrian traffic can continue to access Bulcock Street businesses during construction, temporary changes to traffic conditions and parking will be required.

One way traffic:

  • Monday 16 April until project completion (early December 2018) - Upper Bulcock Street will change to one way traffic (traffic moving uphill from Minchinton Street roundabout to Knox Avenue

Night road closure:

  • Monday 16 April from 5.30pm to 5am will see a full closure (to vehicle traffic) of Upper Bulcock Street from Minchinton Street roundabout to Knox Avenue.

Singage and detours will be in place to help direct motorists.

Some changes to parking will also be necessary. Additional signage will be erected to help redirect motorists to nearby free parking stations and other parking areas.

Stage 4 - Parking

As part of  Stage 4 streetscape works, parking meters will be temporarily removed as demolition and construction requires.

The two-hour parking time limit will remain to help support customer turnover and support local businesses.

Free parking is available in the two public parking areas located in Ormuz Avenue and Cooma Terrace, both within 100m of Bulcock Street. There is also other free and inexpensive parking just a short walk away.

Parking patrols will continue in the CBD and any parking infringements (including parking for more than two hours) will attract penalty infringement notices.

Community updates

A range of information has been provided to business and the community.

Tree groves and landscaping

Council and independent arborists have determined that the nine roadside fig trees in Stage Four present significant ongoing maintenance and safety issues, based on structural instability relating to the trees’ under developed root systems.

As part of Stage 4 work, the upright concrete planter boxes will be removed and the fig trees replaced with more suitable species of an advanced size (up to approximately 4.5m in height) along with attractive, ground level planting areas. 

The new landscape design includes two ‘tree groves’ at the upper end of Bulcock Street. The groves are larger, planted areas that will provide shade and include multiple, advanced size trees and understorey plants.

A new seating area on Knox Avenue will allow for views to the Pumicestone Passage.

Approximately 70 additional trees, and accompanying plants and shrubs will feature in Stage 4 providing a welcoming, green, natural environment for residents and visitors.

The fig trees in the roundabouts will remain. 

Overview

The construction footprint for Stage 4 (Upper Bulcock St) extends from Minchinton Street to Knox Avenue and will complement the design and character of Stage 3 works.

Construction is expected to take place between April - December 2018. Stage 4 improvements will include new footpaths, additional street furniture, new trees and shrubs, directional signage and public art.

Smart City technology will be incorporated using information and communication technologies to connect people and processes in a way that makes the town more liveable, workable and sustainable. This includes automatic traffic bollards, additional free Wi-Fi points, sensors for waste bins and car parking, and LED lighting.

The roadway will be reshaped and upright kerbs removed to ensure continuity and connectivity from lower Bulcock Street. Council will use the learnings from the previous stages of construction to inform the construction approach to Stage 4 works.

As has been the case in previous stages, local businesses and the community will be kept informed about the project, ahead of works commencing and during construction.

Background

Stages 1, 2 and 3

On ground construction works for Stage 1, 2 and 3 of the Bulcock Street Streetscape project are complete.

Development of the major lighting feature incorporated as part of Stage 3 (lower Bulcock Street) works remains in progress. 

The lighting feature will provide a dynamic and modern focal point to light up Bulcock Street at night and complement the upgraded street lighting. 

Related documents

Contacts

For more information, please contact Bulcock Streetscape Coordinator on (07) 5475 7272 or register your details at bulcockstreetscape@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to receive regular updates via email.