26 Sep 2018
As we wrap up work on Karrum Karrum Bridge, our attention is turning to the removal of the level crossings in Carrum.
It’s a unique opportunity to revitalise the area and leave a lasting impact with improved connectivity and vibrant community spaces for Carrum.
Designs for the $50 million transformation of Carrum have been updated based on what we heard from the local community early this year.
The community called for natural yet functional spaces that can be enjoyed all year round. Places to gather and eat food from local traders and areas to picnic or BBQ, that mix formal tables and seating with stone, timber and recycled materials to reflect Carrum’s seaside setting.
The area will be transformed, creating four new spaces, a new park at the Carrum foreshore, a village green at the shops, new town square at Carrum Station and a station garden at Walkers Road.
Over 1.2 hectares of open space will connect and enhance Carrum’s beachside feel with a mix of native and statement trees, and more than 80,000 shrubs and grasses to provide shade during the hot summer months.
The updated designs include a new building in the beach promenade, shade canopies, seating terraces and generous grassy areas for sunbathing and events, creating places to enjoy any time of the year.
We also heard locals want to reflect Carrum's rich history by including local Indigenous art and design features into the design.
Our team is currently working on concepts that will reflect this feedback and investigating opportunities to reincorporate part of Carrum’s history into the design, through preserving and repurposing materials from Carrum Station and Seacombe House at 641 Nepean Highway.
With the level crossings at Station Street and Eel Race Road set to go and McLeod Road being extended to the Nepean Highway to form a beachside promenade, the revitalisation will make it safer and easier for people to access the things they love about Carrum.
The direct connection between McLeod Road and the Nepean Highway with no boom gates will provide a more direct route, removing the need for these vehicles to use backstreets to avoid the existing congestion problem and giving local streets back to the locals who use them.
We will continue to update the design to feature elements we heard are important to the local community and keep you posted as we progress towards the final design.
Check out the latest designs in the gallery below and let us know what you think.