THE first main street built in inner Sydney for more than a century has been completed, paving the way for a new town centre at Green Square.
Ebsworth Street's footpaths are finished, the stone kerbs installed, bronze smart poles with LED lights are upright and the asphalt road surface is down in readiness for the cafes and new homes being constructed on both sides of the road.
Located next to Green Square Railway station, the 20 metre-wide Ebsworth Street will soon be lined with shops and cafes to form the heart of the 14-hectare Green Square Town Centre that will be home to 6,800 residents and 8,000 workers.
"After so much planning and preparation, it's rewarding to see the heart of this new town centre taking shape. Ebsworth Street will be a lively high street with calm traffic and wide pavements for outdoor dining," Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
"Development in Green Square is booming, with 50 apartments completed every week. Given that pace of development, it's critical that appropriate infrastructure is in place for new communities moving in and those who are already living and working there."
Before work starts on the new shops and apartments, large sections of Ebsworth Street will be buried under huge sheets of industrial fabric, covered in sand and topped with a thick layer of concrete.
Encasing the street in this protective cocoon will allow huge trucks and machinery building the apartments to move around freely without damaging the footpaths, roadways and the services beneath them.
Once the first buildings are ready next year, the concrete blanket will be removed to reveal a street ready for people to use and enjoy. As well as the footpaths and roadway, all the infrastructure – including gas, electricity, water and recycled water, NBN cabling and drainage – will already be in place and ready for use.
According to the council, this innovative technique of building then burying a street will ensure the first residents of the new town centre won't have to wait months while major public works are carried out.
Green Square Town Centre is being built over 14 hectares and is part of the 280 hectare Green Square redevelopment area that includes land in five suburbs between the city and the airport. About 40 per cent of the town centre is being built by the Green Square Consortium, a group made up of UrbanGrowth NSW, Mirvac and Leighton Contractors.
The City of Sydney has designed and funded the new streets in the Green Square Town Centre, where it is also building new community facilities including a library, playing fields, parks and an aquatic centre for one of the fastest growing areas in NSW.