Inner City Plaza Transformation

ALEX TREVALLION PLAZA, MARRICKVILLE
Inner West Council

Such a transformation! Alex Trevallion Plaza, a significant public space and pedestrian area in Marrickville formed from a former road closure, was degraded and Inner West Council determined that an upgrade was essential. The newly refreshed space looks immaculate and welcoming for local residents’ use.

Enhanced access and connectivity to surrounding buildings including the Marrickville Post Office, a prominent heritage-listed local structure built in 1891, and across the pedestrian reserve into connecting streets was required. The project also aimed to create a community place for social interaction, implement sustainable water management and integrate culture and heritage.

Works undertaken included the demolition and removal of existing street furniture and other items. New works comprised groundwork and finishes such as paving, ramps and steps, street furniture including café umbrellas and a large shelter, bench seating, lighting, historical signage and bike racks. Mature native trees were craned in to place in the Plaza to add a soft green touch and enhance the aesthetics of this urban area. From an environmental perspective, these trees will provide new shade canopy to the site as well as contributing to biodiversity and the cooling effects of trees to reduce the effect of urban heat island on the site. The Plaza also features a large laneway mural artwork that celebrates Marrickville’s Greek heritage.

“We’ve created an urban grove of deciduous and indigenous shade trees, and an uncluttered central space with café seating areas." said Inner West Council Mayor Rochelle Porteous of the upgraded Alex Trevallion Plaza.

Local shoppers would be very appreciative of the new facilities and enhanced appearance of the Plaza!