Union Road Streetscape Plan
The Union Road Streetscape Plan (pdf, 4.8MB) has been created to inform future landscape capital works projects and street-based projects within the shopping precinct.
The plan provides a cohesive approach to streetscape improvements and aims to create a safe, attractive and logical pedestrian experience highlighted with design elements which capture the shopping strip's unique character.
The overall streetscape design is broken down into a series of smaller capital works projects which can be implemented in order of priority over time.
The design in the plan captures and enhances the village character of this popular local shopping strip while creating a more pedestrian friendly environment. The plan does not incorporate parking and traffic matters.
Activities from the plan
More new small public spaces
Construction works are currently underway to upgrade the first two intersections along the Union Road shopping strip (Roseberry Street and St Leonards Road, east) into small public seating spaces.
The renewed intersections will create inviting seating pockets for the community to meet, rest or gather. This will include:
- updated paving surfaces
- raised pedestrian crossings
- new garden beds
- unique custom seating
The seating design and materials have been designed to reflect the Victorian style architecture commonly found in the Ascot Vale area in a contemporary way.
See what intersection will look like (pdf, 2MB).
The works will also include replacement of the existing trees with a more suitably sized species for these locations.
The remaining intersection spaces along Union Road will be incrementally upgraded based on highest need of repair and tree damage. Concept design is now currently underway for the next two intersections - St Leonards Rd (west) and The Parade (east). The design work for two more intersections will also commence this year including The Parade (eastern side) and St Leonards Road (western side) outside the Ascot Vale Library.
A new outdoor library room
Share your vision for the future outdoor library room at the Ascot Vale Library!
As part of the Union Road intersection upgrades, we will be revitalising the streetscape frontage around the Ascot Vale Library building on the corner of Union Road and St Leonards Road. The design will create a playful and vibrant outdoor area that will be more connected to the Library. This will provide a variety of opportunities for play, gathering, reading and studying.
For the next four weeks we will have colouring and sketching activities at the library, to generate interest and ideas for this renewed public space. We will be asking the community to create their own outdoor library room and to say what they would like to see in it.
Look out for our design team at the upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations for the Ascot Vale Library, which will be held on site, on Saturday 26 November between 10am and 1pm. We will be testing ideas for the design, presenting colouring sketches submitted by the community and seeking any further ideas for the future outdoor library room.
Aged Friendly Streetscape Toolkit
Our Aged and Disability department have prepared the Age Friendly Toolkit for Streetscapes (pdf, 2MB) with AJA Architects which uses Union Road for inspiration and insights. This innovative project involved extensive consultation and work-shopping of ideas with the local community and will be used to inform new design work for streetscapes within Moonee Valley and beyond. A link to this document is here…
New street furniture
The street furniture in Union Road has replaced with the new Moonee Valley City Council streetscapes seat. These seats have an elegant and contemporary design to compliment the Union Road streetscape. Seats within the intersection corner spaces will be changed when they are upgraded.
To find out more regarding the Union Road Streetscape Plan project you can:
call our Urban Design team on 9243 8888
mail Urban Design, Moonee Valley City Council, PO Box 126, Moonee Ponds 3039