Community piazza comes into view
Shayher Group releases new artist renders of proposed development
In exciting news from Pentridge, Shayher Group has released new artist impressions of the proposed future development to the site, including a sprawling piazza area designed for festivals and community events.
The site’s main development is to centre around a large piazza area that will be open to the local community and complemented with the site’s iconic bluestone cell blocks, modern restaurants, bars and shops. The piazza will feature landscaped gardens, alfresco dining options and is envisioned to be lit by feature hanging lights at night.
These images offer the public the first vision of how the former prison will evolve into a more inclusive area and central meeting point for Coburg locals and highlights how the areas will integrate much loved heritage elements with modern, functional design.
Shayher Group project spokesman, Anthony Goh, said preserving the site’s heritage assets, including the famous bluestone prison walls, was their top priority. The work will be completed with high quality construction to effortlessly integrate the new shopping precinct, community spaces and hotel into the site’s existing heritage assets.
“Our experience in combining residential and retail elements in developments will result in a high quality urban village that adapts to and complements the existing character of the site, Coburg suburb and its people,” said Mr Goh.
“We are excited to confirm open spaces, beautifully landscaped gardens and active retail offerings will characterise the piazza, bringing a sense of vibrancy and community to Pentridge, as well as offering a new space for locals to gather for events, picnics, markets and festivals.
The site’s centralised location makes it the perfect spot for an activated centre to complement the vibrancy of Coburg, providing the opportunity to introduce new integrated residential, food and retail offerings into the existing area.”
In total, the site will include 14 new buildings designed to integrate with the existing heritage. Each proposed addition to the development has been considered to work towards the overall objective of integrating the former prison back into the Coburg community and giving locals a sense of pride in the historic landmark.