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Client: Department for Infrastructure & Transport

Location: Victor Harbor, SA

Project Value: $31M

Completion: 2020



Paul Gillett

David McLeod

Adam Sickerdich

Hartley Town

A series of respectful yet contemporary urban design responses expertly treads the fine line between innovation and reproduction for a concept design for the beloved Granite Island Causeway. The historic causeway is stripped back to its original timbers and can be enjoyed from vantage points along the new purpose-built causeway. 

A key focus of the project was the representation of significant cultural and heritage values. The urban design responses were developed to provide clear connections between the existing and new causeways and the various cultural overlays, including First Nation People, early European settlement and non-Indigenous, based on deep engagement. The project team explored how the rich weaving traditions of the Ngarrindjeri and Ramindjeri people could be represented. The final design features locally woven artworks, sculptures, and Indigenous designs integrated within infrastructure including handrails, the tram stop, woven metal screens and canopies. 

A new sense of arrival is established, with the Victor Harbor entrance precinct delivering an upgraded tram stop, improved signage and greater pedestrian legibility. Similarly, at Granite Island, paving treatments, signage, and seating provide increased legibility and opportunities for visitor congregation. GGA and WAX Design worked tirelessly to deliver a concept that acts as a cultural reconciliation piece, designed as a canvas to carry various histories, stories, and cultural narratives for the next 100 years. 

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