Gateway to GMH has four areas of focus:
A bike and pedestrian path connecting Lorimer Street to Salmon Street along Turner Street, improving access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists
Creative and engaging experiences including a public art trail along the bike path and a temporary placemaking hub to host events and activities
Planting to enable a more mature tree canopy cover and improve human thermal comfort
Digital infrastructure to support & monitor future innovation within the precinct such as sensors, smart poles & technology that integrates with art
What will the project deliver?
The Gateway to GMH (former General Motors Holden) project will deliver:
- A safe cycling corridor between the former GMH site (at Salmon and Turner streets) and the central city. This will include:
- a new shared walking and cycling path on the southern side of Turner Street, between Graham and Salmon streets
- a new protected cycling path on Graham Street, between Turner and Lorimer streets
- a new cycling link between the north side of Lorimer Street and the River Esplanade (the Birrarung-Yarra River path).
- Street greening
- Activation hub and integrated public art
- New digital infrastructure to enable greater opportunities for future use of technologies.
What is an innovation precinct?
According to the Brookings Institute, innovation districts are “geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators”. These innovation neighbourhoods are made up of three key components: physical assets (public or private spaces that are designed and organised to support connectivity, collaboration and innovation), economic assets (companies, institutions and systems that drive innovation) and networking assets (relationships between people and institutions that stimulate and support the generation of ideas).
Innovation districts are known to drive economic growth and create high-value jobs. The vision for the Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct is ‘an internationally renowned centre of innovation in advanced manufacturing, engineering and design’. To learn more about the future Fishermans Bend Innovation Precinct, visit the Fishermans Bend website.