This was our 4th year second design project. The project was to master-plan a 750 meter portion of Newcastle’s Hunter street. This included a large amount of office space and a School of Business district for the University of Newcastle….all this with the inclusion of a national high-speed railway station. The focus of this project was to design a master-plan with the intention of stitching the two sides of the heavy-rail line together in order to provide porosity from the city to the harbors water front, breaking down the invisible walls which have contributed to the cities decline.
There has long been a debate over the heavy-rail line which intersects Newcastle’s city centre segregating the active city with the harbor foreshore. This is true to some extent, however I happen to believe that large developments such as Chalestown Square act as a type of black-hole to the activity and diversity which the city deserves.