City Plan Heritage was part of a team led by McGregor Coxall to prepare renewal plans for the High Street & Riverfront of Historical Maitland, the Lower Hunter region’s ‘Major Regional Centre.’ High street, with its rich history & character, is the hearth of Maitland’s community. It consists the city’s main axis & the richness of its streetscape is testament to Maitland’s sustained prosperity over many decades. Many institutions & public buildings feature in the unique catalogue of Colonial & Australian architecture, with fine examples of buildings from Georgian, Victorian, Federation, Art Deco & other periods.
Among the many objectives of the project was to ensure the Hunter River & its link with the region’s heritage is recognised in the revitalisation of Central Maitland. The project aimed to create a spark for new development by revitalising key civic sites, improve visitor experience & movement throughout Central Maitland & to assist the transformation of Central Maitland.
The heart of historic Maitland has been in decline for the past decade due to increasing traffic congestion and a number of increasing retailing competition from the nearby regional shopping centre. The project converted the heritage mall into High Street Central, a shared pedestrian and vehicle domain zone. It also identified opportunities to renew the fabric of the city with sympathy infill and renovations, aiming to create a new physical connection between High Street and the south Bank of the Hunter river through walks and the vibrant urban spaces.
City Plan Heritage’s role was to facilitate heritage protection & appreciation of Maitland’s historical character. Following a detailed analysis of the High Street streetscape, City Plan prepared heritage assessments, heritage restorative options & Heritage Impact Statement for the renewal project. City Plan Heritage was also involved in the third stage of the study & provided a heritage impact statement for the removal of intrusive elements & facade lighting & heritage conservation advice to the High Street streetscapes.
Following the successful response of Maitland Council & community on the High Street Revitalisation project, City Plan Heritage together with City Plan Urban Design was engaged by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle to provide heritage advice & urban recommendations to the revitalisation of St John’s Cathedral Precinct.