Inspired by central Melbourne’s world-famous laneways, central Geelong’s Laneways Action Plan identifies opportunities to create new pathways through the city. Improving Geelong’s laneway network by enhancing existing and creating new corridors, will significantly contribute to the future liveability and economic prosperity of the city.

The expansion of Geelong’s laneway network is one step closer, with works set to begin later this year to breakthrough and extend Dennys Place from Malop Street to Little Malop Street.

Laneways make it easier to move around and improve the connectivity of a city. The new Dennys Place passage will better link the Malop Street Green Spine, the city’s waterfront and the university precinct with Little Malop Street’s thriving shops, food outlets and nightlife.

The laneway will also improve pedestrian access for thousands of office workers from the WorkSafe and NDIA head offices, as workers frequent the popular Little Malop Street al fresco precinct.

Artist impression of Dennys Place Laneway after the breakthrough project looking out to Little Malop Street and featuring stone walls, seating and greenery

Artist impression of Dennys Place.

Stage: Planning

Project duration: 2018 - 2022

Location: Breakthrough 28 Malop Street to extend Dennys Place

Funding partners: 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 Geelong City Deal. The $500 million Geelong City Deal is a 10-year partnership between the three levels of government 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 a particular focus on unlocking the significant economic potential of the visitor economy of the Great Ocean Road region.

Dennys Place Laneway Project

Project Update – 5 May 2022

The internal demolition of 28 Malop Street has now concluded, and refurbishment works underway. This is the second stage of the construction program in the Dennys Place Laneway Breakthrough Project, creating a new direct connection between Malop Street and Geelong’s exciting Little Malop Street restaurant, bar and retail precinct.

The walkability of central Geelong is set to improve with works now underway in an important mid-block breakthrough project to extend the Dennys Place laneway.

The new laneway will dramatically improve pedestrian flow through central Geelong and bring new life to the city. The Dennys 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.

Construction on the Dennys Place Laneway Project is now underway, with the project estimated to be completed in October 2022.

Upcoming works

Period starting 5 May 2022

28 Malop Street

Works to the stormwater drain are continuing (Malop Street footpath). Crowd barriers will remain in place however there will be no changes to pedestrian access.

Inground stormwater works will commence onsite, along with the beginning of roofing restoration works.  Concrete lintel repair works are also continuing on the south entrance to the site.

Dennys Place laneway

Expect 1-2 truck movements daily. There will be no impact to traffic movement, and the laneway will remain open to vehicles with facilitated movement if required.

FYI – Dennys Place laneway will be closed to traffic during construction hours, for 2 days at the end of May. Dates will be confirmed and communicated at the earliest convenience.

Timeline

Dennys Place construction timeline for March 2022

Upcoming – Temporary traffic changes to Dennys Place

Due to the requirement of a crane on site, the Dennys Place laneway will be closed to all traffic for two days during construction hours (from 7am to 5pm) at the end of May 2022.

Formal notification and further details will be sent to residents and businesses impacted closer to the date, but we ask Soho residents to please keep in mind that should you require access to your vehicle during this time it will need to be moved from the building carpark prior to 7am on these days.

Social media posts, further email communication and physical signs (to be placed in the Soho apartments foyer) will be distributed prior to the disruption, with confirmed working dates and alternate parking arrangement details.

Monthly precinct partner meetings

Running on the first Thursday evening of every month from 5-5.30pm, precinct traders, residents, building owners, and other tenants are invited to an information session to discuss the upcoming works and co-design solutions to any construction activities that may impact the precinct. If you would like to join, please email rcg@geelongcity.vic.gov.au and we will add you to the invite list.

Artist impression of Dennys Place after the laneway breakthrough featuring stone walls, lighting and greenery

Artist impression of Dennys Place featuring stone walls, lighting and greenery (subject to planning approval).

Artist impression of Dennys Place after the laneway breakthrough looking out to Malop Street

Artist impression of Dennys Place looking out to Malop Street (subject to planning approval).

Stay informed

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this important work. For more information about this project, or to give us your feedback:

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Page last updated: 06/05/22