Hume Street Park expansion project
Updated 30 November 2021
Crows Nest is to get an additional 1,200 square metres of much-needed open space with the creation of a new plaza space and pedestrian link between the existing Hume Street Park and the Willoughby Road commercial area.
Council first identified the need for additional space in Crows Nest in 2009. This need was examined in more detail as part of the Crows Nest / St Leonards Planning Study – Precinct 1 in 2012.
A preferred option to expand Hume Street Park was adopted in 2015. Since then, Council has purchased properties and prepared the detailed design plans for the first stage of work.
The work to deliver the adopted vision for the expanded park is being delivered in stages, as funding permits. Development consent for Stage One of the project was granted in 2018.
You can read the background Council reports here.
What's the plan
Stage One of the Hume Street Park expansion project will include a central grassed area, pathways, seating and gardens, as well as terraces for outdoor dining and a pedestrian link from the park to the popular shops and eateries on Willoughby Road.
Properties at 43-49 Hume Street, and 90-92 Willoughby Road, will make way for the new plaza space and pedestrian link.
When the new Metro opens in 2024, thousands of people are expected to use the new pedestrian link during peak hour to walk between the station and the village.
View more details on Stage One of Hume Street Park expansion project at our DA Tracking website https://apptracking.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/ search on DA 234/18 for further documents.
What's happening now?
Hume Street Park Expansion Stage One
Construction is continuing on Construction Stage 1, set to be complete January 2022. Work so far includes:
demolition of pre-existing structures
propping of heritage facade
underpinning of adjacent buildings
bulk excavation including removal & replacement of unsuitable existing site fill and asbestos containing material
detailed excavation and trimming for concrete footings and slabs
installation of inground services (electrical, water, communications)
installation of concrete footings, slabs & block-walling
structural steel installation to link canopy
offsite steel & metalwork fabrication (handrails, balustrading, wall panelling)
green wall modules (growing offsite).
The contractor is presently finalising the installation of the steelwork and roofing structure for the canopy over the pedestrian link between Willoughby Road and Hume Lane. The remaining base concrete slabs and concrete blockwork walls will then be completed. At the same time, pouring of the base slabs is underway for the pathways between Hume Lane and Hume Street. Once the concrete works are complete installation of finishes will commence, including sandstone cladding, Corten steel and green-wall panelling to the side walls and paving to the pathways. This will be followed by installation of site furniture (balustrades, lighting and seating) and landscape finishes (soil, planting and turfing).
Works have been delayed from the original program due to a number of factors, including inclement weather, unforeseen (latent) site conditions and Covid19 related delays. However, the contractor is now making good progress and works are expected to be complete in January 2022.
Inclusive of the property acquisition costs, North Sydney Council has spent $15.7 million on the Hume Street Park expansion project to date. The Council has also received a $3.5 million grant from the NSW Government Precinct Support Scheme to contribute to Stage one of the project.