Chinatown upgrade

Thomas Street in Haymarket has been transformed with an enhanced walkway and public space

Thomas Street in Haymarket has been transformed with an enhanced walkway and public space. The upgrade includes more trees, lighting, seating and a new artwork.

The City of Sydney has been putting a plan into place to create a precinct that celebrates the unique character and heritage of Chinatown. Recent significant changes in the southern part of the city presented a need to update the plan in 2015.

Detailed studies of the area looked at current street quality, shortage of gathering spaces, the ways people travel to and through Chinatown and how much time people spend there.

Transforming Chinatown

Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane were upgraded in 2012.

The revitalisation of these streets has created a more generous and engaging experience for people who walk.

Shared zones and widened footpaths have encouraged people to visit the area, provided opportunities for gathering spaces and created a framework for new public art and decorative lighting.

The successful upgrade of Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane included:

  • a new public space on Thomas Street between Ultimo Road and Thomas Lane
  • wider footpaths, more street trees and shade.

The upgrade also included integrated artwork along Thomas Street comprising street furniture, paving materials and paving patterns. Various cultural elements pay homage to traditional Chinese gardens and Australian identity.

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