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Project Overview
What will the Project involve?

The site is bound by Rosenthal Avenue, Rosenthal Lane, Birdwood Avenue and Birdwood Lane. Prior to construction it holds 170 surface level car parking spaces.

The Project will transform the site to provide:

  • A state of the art public open space including parks, performance space and BBQ facilities at ground level
  • Four underground levels providing 500 car parking spaces
  • Bicycle parking for including end of trip facilities
  • Motorcycle parking
  • Two anchor tenants, ALDI and Coles, situated under the public open space.
  • A pedestrian bridge over Rosenthal Avenue, including lift and stairs located on the western side of Rosenthal Avenue
  • Upgrade to Rosenthal Avenue, Rosenthal Lane, and Birdwood Lane infrastructure
  • An improved trafficable shared pedestrian zone for Birdwood Lane to provide level access to Birdwood Lane and Lane Cove Plaza

In order to achieve this there will need to be a full excavation of the site involving digging down four levels. Work on the open space at ground level will not be possible until the car park is completed however there are plans for the project to be undertaken in a staged process to ensure as much car parking as possible is available during construction. There will however be a period of time where there is no public parking available on site.

History of the Project

In 2008 Lane Cove Council adopted the Lane Cove Village Structure Plan. The Plan sets out the long term vision for how the Village should evolve over the coming decades and was developed following extensive research and community consultation. The Structure Plan recommendations include to:

  • Create an outdoor public domain between Rosenthal Avenue and Birdwood Lane.
  • Encourage a mix of uses on this site
  • Integrate the precinct with retail uses to the east and south
  • Provide anchor tenants to support specialty retailers
  • Improve and enhance the public domain.

In 2014 Council held a Design Ideas Competition to help identify the features of the new open space/park. Several concepts were proposed by design firms to help prompt feedback on the popular aspects that could be integrated into a vision for the Project.

Council is proud of its role in developing and protecting Lane Cove’s village atmosphere, in particular, Lane Cove Plaza. With ever increasing competition from neighbouring shopping centres, Council is working to support the viability of local shopping areas whilst preserving the unique atmosphere that is so valued by the community. The proposed redevelopment of the Rosenthal Car Park site for open space, community, retail and additional car parking is an example of this commitment to delivering new infrastructure to support the village of Lane Cove.

Who approved the development ?

All documentation related to the project has been provided to the appropriate parties for review and approval. The NSW Government Joint Regional Panning Panel is responsible for determining the Development Application for the project.

About the Construction
Who is ADCO Constructions?

ADCO have been appointed by Council as the design and construction builders for the Rosenthal Project.

ADCO is a leading national construction company that has successfully delivered projects across Australia. ADCO was established in 1972 and since this time has completed over 3,500 projects valued at over of $10 billion. With annual revenues in excess of $1 billion and 580 direct employees ADCO is rated as one of Australia’s top 50 private companies.

Where can I find out the latest about Construction?
Community & Business
How will the community benefit from the Project?
  • Lane Cove is growing. The provision of open space in the heart of Lane Cove village will help provide space for those who live locally to the precinct to have a local park as well as an open space that builds upon the village as a meeting place for events and civic activities.
  • Locals will have access to 500 underground car park spaces which will be constructed through the project. The new spaces will be almost a 300% increase on the 170 spaces of the current car park. By accommodating the spaces underground there is significant improvement to the visual amenity of the area.
  • The development will activate both Birdwood Lane and Rosenthal Lane improving the appearance of the space and creating an attractive and inviting community space
  • The development will provide better pedestrian linkages from nearby laneways, arcades and Lane Cove Plaza to Rosenthal Avenue, Birdwood Lane and the new parking facilities.
  • Based at the northern end of the village, the presence of Coles and ALDI in the redevelopment marks a new era for Lane Cove residents who will have a comprehensive supermarket offering, making shopping locally for weekly items even easier.
  • The Park will link to the Plaza helping to retain the village atmosphere, offering additional reasons for visitation and keeping services, businesses and community activities in the heart of the Village.
What happened to the information provided to Council from workshops and surveys in 2016?

The response to both the workshops and surveys were very valuable, and the information led to the following initiatives being endorsed by Council:

  • Retention of as many car parking spaces as possible during the initial part of the construction (65 spaces are being provided at an additional cost) and fast-tracking of the staged provision of the 500 public car parking spaces by completion of the project in 2020
  • A campaign to change parking habits and promote alternative parking options
  • Provision of way-finding signage to assist pedestrian and vehicle navigation through the Village
  • Offering retail support and development activities to offset construction impacts.

Additional insights gained during the project development are also being addressed through Project communication as well as a range of activation activities during the course of the construction period.

Council has now established a Rosenthal Project Community Liaison Group which includes representatives from the local community, businesses and landowners. The group had its first meeting in July 2017 and will continue to meet during throughout the Project.

How will local businesses be supported during the construction period?

Lane Cove Council is providing support to local businesses who wish to prepare for the construction impact, particularly in the lead up to removal of all car parking spaces in 2018. In addition to one on one support from business experts which has been provided in recent months Council is continuing to work closely with a number of businesses in the immediate vicinity of the site to provide specialised support. There are also a number of business support ‘activations’ in terms of events, marketing and shop local initiatives to assist the initiatives that businesses also develop. This includes the Lane Cove Night Out held on 27 October which had 30 businesses participate in the VIP shopping night.

A number of tools such as way-finding, maps for clients and improvements to the local amenity have been identified through consultation with businesses in 2016 and again through the Rosenthal Project Community Liaison Group. Support activities will be tailored to the various stages of the construction period and complement Lane Cove’s busy event series in and around the Village.

Find out the latest business support initiatives here.

Changes to Parking and deliveries
Will parking arrangements change?

Yes. Council understands the constraints on parking with the Village which is why the Rosenthal Project is set to increase parking from 170 current spaces to 500 spaces in 2020.

Council has been working with ADCO Constructions (ADCO) the Design and Construction Builder to retain as many spaces as possible on the current car park site during the initial construction phase. ADCO are also fast-tracking the staged provision of the car parking spaces as they become available in the lead up to the Project’s completion 2020.There will be a period of time when there is no parking available at all – see below for the various stages.

As more detail is known on specific timings of each of the below stages, the construction timeline will be updated with key car parking milestones and activities. This will be communicated on-site and on the Rosenthal Project website which will be launched August 2017. An approximate construction staging is provided below, however this may change through the course of construction.

  • Stage 1 (12 September –December 2017) – The Northern end of the existing car park bounded by Birdwood and Rosenthal Avenues and Birdwood Lane will be retained providing 65 car parking spaces. Construction hoarding will be erected to the southern half of the site fronting Birdwood and Rosenthal Lanes and Rosenthal Avenue. On-street parking on the eastern and western side of Rosenthal Avenue will be unavailable.
  • Stage 2 (By early 2018) – ADCO will take possession of the full site. No parking will be available in Rosenthal Avenue Car Park. Construction hoarding will be modified to surround the entire site, allowing the team to complete excavation works and begin structure.
  • Stage 3 – Structural works will commence. A temporary car park located on the southern area of the site will be available to the public.
  • Stage 4 – Basement 3 Car Park Level will be finished, allowing the public to utilise this space.
    A coordinated and consistent approach to wayfinding signage will be adopted to limit disruption to access throughout the village due to construction activities. Alternative parking options will also be promoted throughout the Village.

ADCO will keep you informed of construction activities and the impact on parking and pedestrian access.

I live or work in a building adjacent to the building site. Will I still be able to get deliveries or my bin collected?

Access to Birdwood and Rosenthal Laneways will be maintained throughout construction. ADCO will liaise with the adjacent businesses to coordinate deliveries and garbage removal to ensure access to services are maintained.

Council understands the constraints for local businesses during the construction period concerning both deliveries and garbage removal. Council will be liaising with landlords and tenants in the lead up to construction to keep everyone informed of access arrangements.

What about parking for seniors and people with a disability?

Council will be promoting the location of alternate seniors and parking for people with a disability within the Village to those who are utilising the spaces in the lead up to the car park becoming unavailable.

Will on-street parking along Birdwood Avenue be affected? 

Yes. The eastern side of on-street parking on Birdwood Avenue will be unavailable from November 2017 to provide for essential infrastructure works. It will also be closed to pedestrians who will be redirected through a shared zone along Birdwood and Rosenthal Lanes.

Will the Coles car park stay open during construction?

This is a Lane Cove Council Car Park and will remain available for parking during the construction period.

Amenities & Access
Will services be disrupted?

ADCO Constructions will provide regular and consistent communication to provide early warning of any issues that have the potential to impact the adjoining properties.

Notifications of Impacting Activity (NIA) for works that may cause some temporary impact on services or operations of adjoining properties will be issued and information available on the Rosenthal Project website/hot line.

How will the extra construction traffic be managed?

ADCO have developed a Construction, Pedestrian and Traffic Management Plan to control and monitor the change in traffic produced by the project.

Accredited traffic control teams will efficiently manage and direct construction traffic to their permitted routes. The roadways encasing the project will remain accessible, with minimal disruptions to neighbouring properties and road users. Construction vehicle activity, including the loading/unloading of trucks and all materials handling to be provided within the construction site boundaries or within the proposed works zones (if required) at all times.

Council is exploring further traffic modifications to alleviate disruptions and major influences to the traffic flow.

I walk through the car park to get to where I need to go. What will happen once the car park is developed?

Birdwood and Rosenthal Lane, which is set to become a shared zone for the full length of the laneway in time for construction commencing, will provide improved pedestrian access. During construction the alternatives for the main pedestrian routes will be clearly signposted and once the project is complete there will be improved pathways and connectivity through a pedestrian footbridge over Rosenthal Avenue.

Will any existing trees be removed as part of the project?

Yes. The existing trees will need to be removed to facilitate the construction. The final park will include more trees than are currently on-site.

Council has also been working to find alternate opportunities for the trees being removed including play equipment, street furniture and/or points of interest.

Find out more about Trees in the Park .

Are there any changes to public transport routes?

The construction works are not expected to impact existing bus services near the site, including bus stops on Birdwood Avenue, Burns Bay Road, Longueville Road and Epping Road.

Will there be any road closures?

Birdwood and Rosenthal Laneways will be accessible throughout construction. Where required traffic management staff will be in place to help provide access. ADCO will aim to complete all construction works within the site boundaries and approved working hours, however in some instances such when install the pedestrian bridge there will be requirement for temporary road closures. In these instances traffic management staff will be employed and adequate signage implemented to alleviate disruptions.

Will we still be able to access the toilets?

Two toilets have been removed as part of the excavation. New publicly accessible toilets are located in the Lane Cove Community Hub, accessible via the Little Street Car Park or ground level entry via Pottery Lane. There are six toilets, including one Accessible toilet, open from 6am – 1am daily.

Public toilets are also located in Market Square, Lane Cove Library and the Lane Cove Civic Centre.

Out of Hours Works

Anticipated out of hours works to be undertaken during construction include:

  • Operation of continuous or intermittent environmental monitoring such as dust and noise sampling equipment.
  • Concrete pours that need to be completed to prevent waste and re-working.
  • Service installation works and cut-overs during temporary utility shutdowns during off peak periods.
  • Delivery to site, and removal from site, of over-sized plant and equipment to conform to RMS requirements.
How will Noise and Air quality be managed?

Audible site works will be restricted to between 7am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 12:00pm Saturday.

Mitigation measures will be implemented during site works, through a monitoring program that enables control of the impacts of construction activities on potentially affected receivers, and contingency measures that may be implemented if complaints are received or limits are exceeded. Any concerns please contact ADCO