QEII landscaping starts
LANDSCAPING on the western side of QEII Square began in late August, signalling the final stages of the much anticipated completion of the new café and youth space at the back of the Library-Museum.
The works include construction of a deck around the café, improvements to the laneway from Kiewa Street, advanced tree planting, a new pathway that links the café to the QEII concourse, installation of an irrigation system and new turf.
A temporary fence will be installed that blocks off the entire lawn area on the western side of the square which will prevent pedestrian access via the laneway to Kiewa Street, however, it will not impact on the remainder of the park, with plenty of shade, seating and space for people to enjoy.
The landscaping works are part of the QEII Square Master Plan, a long-term vision to create a contemporary, vibrant and exciting inner-city space.
The new café is scheduled to open on November 18 and will also include a dedicated youth space, activity and meeting rooms, indoor/outdoor dining and performance spaces.
Mayor Henk van de Ven says council is investing $1.39m in the project, providing a safe and central place for young people to visit, access information, play music and hang out.
RELAXING SPACE: An artist’s impression of the youth cafe that will front QEII Square.