The walkability of central Geelong is set to improve with works to begin in an important mid-block breakthrough project to extend Denny's Place laneway.

The new Denny's Place laneway will create a direct link from Malop Street to Geelong’s exciting Little Malop Street restaurant, bar and retail precinct, dramatically improving pedestrian flow through central Geelong and bringing new life to the city.

The Denny's Place connection is seen as critical and offers good line of sight connectivity between Clare and Little Malop streets, while also creating a connection from the waterfront to the medical precinct at an intimate scale that encourages pedestrian movement.

A pedestrian and cycling movement study conducted by UK-based consultancy Space Syntax found that improving Geelong’s laneway system by enhancing existing laneways and creating new ones would significantly contribute to the overall prosperity of the city.

Akt. Project Management has been engaged by the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership to see through the delivery of the laneway. Akt. Project Management is a locally owned business with 30 years of experience providing independent project management and property advisory services.

Construction on the Denny's Place Laneway Project is set to begin later this year, with the project estimated to be completed in December 2021.

Once complete, the laneway will be welcoming, open and well-lit to support pedestrian safety. Greenery, seating, and public art will add to the charm of central Geelong and will activate new areas, attracting more people and new businesses, while also supporting emerging and existing businesses.

The City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government are working together to improve the connectivity and permeability of central Geelong, through the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership. The State Government is investing $2.7 million into building innovative and creative key connections in Geelong to make it easier for pedestrians to move through the city from the iconic waterfront precinct to the CBD. A further $1.35 million has been allocated through the $382.48 million Geelong City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and Victorian governments, and the City of Greater Geelong to secure the economic success of Geelong and its people.

The Geelong City Deal will support the revitalisation of central Geelong and the region’s continued economic diversification, with particular focus on unlocking the significant economic potential of the visitor economy.

Quote attributable to Mayor Stephanie Asher, City of Greater Geelong:

“Geelong’s new laneway network will play a key part in rejuvenating the CBD and enhancing the vibrancy and appeal of central Geelong for our diverse community.

“Encouraging more pedestrians into the smaller streets and laneways will drive new business enterprises and support healthy and active transport. It will also increase community confidence and perceptions of safety by improving visibility, creating more direct pedestrian routes and increasing the number of pedestrians making their way around the CBD.”

Quotes attributable to Victorian Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas: 

“Denny's Place is exactly the sort of project we had in mind when we signed the Geelong City Deal – it’s about building new connections and attractions, linking key precincts and creating important local jobs.”