Hardware Lane is one of Melbourne’s most loved laneway destinations. The planned improvements will maintain the laneway's unique charm and attract more visitors to the space.

Works required include upgrading the existing road surface with bluestone pavers, renewing and upgrading drainage, improving lighting, replacing existing trees and increasing the number of trees.

We’d like to know what you think of the concept plan before we develop a more detailed design.

We have undertaken an analysis of the existing amenities at Hardware Lane and identified that the following works are required:

  • The road surface needs to be replaced, as it was last updated over 30 years ago.
  • Drainage needs to be renewed and upgraded. This involves replacing sections that may be damaged, and increasing existing capacity to reduce flooding in the Elizabeth Street area.
  • Lighting needs to be upgraded to ensure that lighting levels are kept to Australian Standards. This will also improve ambience and safety of the area.
  • The existing trees have been assessed and need to be replaced. There is also an opportunity to plant more trees, which will increase canopy cover and enhance the leafy environment of Hardware Lane.



Hardware Lane Concept Plan