STAGE one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is set to start on July 30.
The City of Rockingham signed a construction agreement with civil engineering contractor Ertech.
This first stage of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project comprises three key areas: Railway Terrace, the Beach Plaza and The Boardwalk.
Works will be carried out along the full length of Railway Terrace and along the Boardwalk to Val Street until December 7, when construction will stop during the busy summer period.
The site will be open to the public over the summer school holidays, with construction due to recommence on February 18.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the project would breathe new life into the area.
“The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will change the face of the foreshore precinct as we know it,” he said.
“While there will be some slight inconveniences during construction, an improved foreshore will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state and national level.
“It will also enable local businesses to capitalise on the unique features of this iconic location and leverage its increasing popularity into even greater success.”
On Railway Terrace parking will be modified to improve safety, with a new streetscape, artwork and trees all going in. The changes will create more opportunities for alfresco dining and allow for an improved pedestrian experience.
The Railway Terrace horseshoe carpark will be closed from Monday, July 30 and will be transformed into the Beach Plaza – a pedestrian and events space which connects the City and the sea. The Beach Plaza will become a focal point for major events and celebrations and will be a place for people to be active, explore or relax.
Parking on the remainder of Railway Terrace will be unavailable from Monday, August 6 until the end of November 2018, with a focus to be placed on the major engineering works prior to the summer shutdown.
Meanwhile, The Boardwalk will be expanded and modified to allow for more alfresco dining, better movement of pedestrians and to provide a better connection to the Foreshore’s unique north facing beach.
Despite the works, Mayor Sammels said it would be business as usual at the foreshore.
“Over the summer holidays the City will still be hosting the much loved New Year’s Eve and Australia Day events as usual with the Christmas lights and festival being held at Flinders Lane,” he said.
“Businesses will remain open throughout, with pedestrian access also to be maintained around the foreshore.”
Stage one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is expected to be completed by September 2019.