Hardware Lane is one of Melbourne’s most loved laneway destinations. The City of Melbourne is upgrading the laneway to renew the streetscape and attract more visitors to the space.

Works include:

  • upgrading the existing road surface by replacing the red brick with bluestone pavers
  • upgrading the stormwater drainage (completed in 2020)
  • replacing 12 declining trees with 14 new trees
  • installing new catenary lighting.
In 2018 we shared a draft concept plan and asked the community for feedback. While COVID-19 restrictions were in place across Victoria in 2020, we fast-tracked disruptive drainage works between Bourke and Lonsdale streets in order to minimise the impact on traders when restrictions eased. We have now developed a proposed design for Stage 1 of the Hardware Lane streetscape upgrade (Bourke Street to Little Bourke Street) and asked for feedback from 16 July to 22 August.

Consultation closed



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Consultation on the concept plan

    28 August to 26 September 2018

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Fast-tracked works

    20 July to 20 October 2020

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    Consultation on proposed design

    16 July to 22 August 2021 (closing date extended)

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Works on stage one of the project (from Bourke Street to Little Bourke Street)

    Monday 1 May to November 2023.

  • Timeline item 5 - incomplete

    Works on stage two of the project (from Little Bourke Street to Lonsdale Street)


Streetscape renewal proposal

Learn more about our proposed changes to Hardware Lane.

Community consultation

Feedback we heard on the draft plans for Hardware Lane.

Contact us

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