Education Precinct upgrade

Living Campus is a council initiative to transform the education precinct into a popular and easy to reach destination in North Sydney through a suite of short to long-term public domain upgrades.


Update June 2018

In late June, North Sydney Council commences the second stage of Public Domain Upgrades works in the Education Precinct. This will see four locations of work upgraded in line with the Education Precinct Masterplan, and the Council’s Public Domain Styles Manual (see Related Documents below). 

  • Western side of the Pacific Hwy from Charles St to Berry St
    This area of work will consist of replacing the existing paving and materials with new materials and finishes from the Public Domain Style Manual (Paving, Kerb and Street Furniture).
  • Mount St and Edward St
    Continuous pedestrian threshold across Edward Street including: Kerbs, Paving and Garden Beds.
  • Napier St and Charles St
    Paving repair, Garden Beds, Bollards and Wheel Stops.

Update June 2017

The first stage of the Education Precinct Public Domain Upgrade reached practical completion. This work has seen Napier St and Charles St converted to a shared zone and Berry Street paved with granite. All areas are now open to the public and fully functional. The upgrade included nine new street trees, 12 new garden bed, new lighting, bollards and bike racks.


Project Scope of Works:

  • installation of a new shared zone
  • landscaping including planting new trees
  • new street furniture
  • reviewing signage including regulatory, street and directional
  • the installation of 20 street lighting poles
  • new pedestrian crossing lights within the education precinct and CBD
  • removal of redundant Ausgrid and Council lighting and poles.


Project Information

Education is an important topic for North Sydney. Our local government area caters to over 17,000 students - and this figure is steadily growing.

The education precinct is 26 hectares of commercial, mixed use and residential land to the west of the North Sydney centre.

About a third of our student population visit this area each weekday.

The tree-lined streets and well-preserved heritage buildings contribute to the area’s strong sense of character.

The Living Campus project involves place making strategies that:

  • enhance the precinct’s function as an urban campus
  • better connect people, schools and places
  • transform the streets into valuable civic spaces.

The aim is to create a series of attractive, safe and engaging spaces for students, residents and workers to enjoy. The program’s success relies on a partnership approach between Council, the schools and the local community.

North Sydney Council released the Education Precinct Planning Study in 2013. The Education Precinct Public Domain Masterplan was adopted by Council in September 2014. Works began in 2016.

Related Documents