Central Sydney Laneways

The City of Sydney is breathing life back into our laneways by reactivating these hidden, under-used city spaces.  We are making changes to these unique spaces so they can be the setting for small bars, cafes, retail spaces and cultural activities, and contribute to a more lively, engaging city centre.

Laneway improvement projects will bring significant economic benefits to the central Sydney including increased local patronage and tourism into some of our most unique yet under-used spaces.

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  • Central and Wilmot Streets


    We've started construction on the Central & Wilmot Streets Revitalisation project. We expect to be finished in October this year. The works include new stormwater drainage, new granite paving, new LED lighting, provision for public artwork and new traffic arrangements. Our contractor is Sam The Paving Man Pty Ltd.

    Work will take place between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and between 7am and 5pm on Saturdays. The work will be in stages to minimise disruption.

    The Stage 1 works zone is from George Street to the HSBC loading dock. During construction this section of Wilmot Street will be temporarily closed to vehicles

    To access the HSBC car park during the construction works there are a couple of alternative routes:

    1.  Northern approach from the Western Distributor via Harbour Street, left into Goulburn Street and left into Pitt Street; and

    2.  Southern approach along George Street via Pitt Street and left hand turn into Wilmot Street.

    These traffic diversion maps show the alternative route options.

    During construction, pedestrian access will be maintained at all times however, partial restrictions may be applied to vehicle access. Access for local business and deliveries will be maintained during the works.

    If you have any questions about the construction works, please contact our Community Liaison Officer (CLO) is Linda El-Tabar and can be contacted on mobile:+61 451 519 336 or email: community@samthepavingman.com.

    In the event of an emergency, please contact Marvin Ghanem on 0411 141 569. The emergency contact is also displayed on site for reference.

    by Project Coordinator 27 Nov 2012, 03:57 PM
  • Bridge Lane, Tank Stream Way & Abercrombie Lane


    Abercrombie Lane, Bridge Lane and Tank Stream Way form a network of laneways between George Street, Pitt Street,  Bridge Street and Bond Street.

    These laneways are increasingly popular - buzzing with an eclectic mix of people sampling one of the many delights in the area. The laneways are also very important for local deliveries and vehicle access during the mornings delivering to the many food and beverage outlets adjoining the laneways.

    Striking a balance between these two very important uses of the lane is extremely important to the City. We want to make the laneway safe and accessible for increased....Read more

    by Project Coordinator 27 Nov 2012, 03:57 PM
  • Central Sydney Laneways


    The City of Sydney is revitalising some of our key laneways in central Sydney. The  strategy  includes a range of initiatives including: (following the hyperlinks for more information)

    The City of Sydney is revitalising our laneways in central Sydney.  The strategy includes....Read more

    by Project Coordinator 23 Jan 2013, 04:18 PM
  • We want your feedback on our plans for improvements to Lees Court


    The upgrade of Lees Court aims to improve the look and character of the laneway and highlight the historic elements. We want to make it more interesting for pedestrians and provide better access between King Street and the MLC Centre and improve connections with the Theatre Royal and ‘Money Bank’ Building.

    The Lees Court Concept Design is now available for feedback.

    The upgrade of Lees Court aims to improve the look and character of the laneway and highlight the historic elements. We want to make it more interesting for pedestrians and provide better access between King Street and the MLC....Read more

    by Project Coordinator 27 Nov 2012, 03:55 PM
  • Have your say on planned improvements to Hosking Place & Penfold Lane


    We want your feedback on our plans for improvements to Hosking Place and Penfold Lane. We are working to create a more interesting and attractive city centre, with unique spaces for cafés, shops, small bars and cultural activities.

    The upgrade of Hosking Place and Penfold Lane aims to improve the look and character of the laneways and make them safer and more interesting for pedestrians with better access between Pitt Street and Castlereagh Street.

    Hosking Place & Penfold Lane provides an important link for pedestrians from Castlereagh to Pitt Street. Hosking Place is also an active vehicle area....Read more

    by Project Coordinator 27 Nov 2012, 03:55 PM
  • Angel Place (Completed)


    In 2011 the city completed a major makeover of Angel Place - a bustling thoroughfare linking George and Pitt Streets, and host to the City Recital Hall. The work included new paving, lighting, reallocated business premises and the completion of the art installation, Forgotten Songs by artist Michael Thomas Hill.

    The installation is made up of a canopy of 120 birdcages emitting the sounds of about 50 bird species that lived by the Tank Stream before colonial development, and gradually vanished from central Sydney.

    by Project Coordinator 17 Jan 2013, 12:56 PM
  • Kimber Lane - Chinatown (Completed)

    The City's recent improvements to Kimber Lane, Factory Street and Little Hay Street in Chinatown was the start of a larger public domain plan to make Haymarket more pedestrian friendly, improve lighting and paving and create more space for outdoor seating.

    In Between Two Worlds by artist Jason Wing forms the centrepiece of the City of Sydney’s upgrade, located in Kimber Lane. By day this unassuming lane has been brightened by blue clouds and silver figures. By night the ‘spirit’ figures illuminate the lane with an otherworldly blue glow inviting visitors to explore this new addition to Chinatown’s vibrant nightlife. Incorporating wind, water, fire and earth the artwork In Between Two  Worlds, references both Chinese and Aboriginal motifs.


    Kimber Lane, Haymarket

    by Project Coordinator 17 Jan 2013, 12:54 PM
  • Albion Place (Completed)

    The laneway is already a well-used link between George and Kent Streets, surrounded by Sydney’s Spanish Quarter, cinemas, World Square and Asian dining.

    This laneway was revitalised with permanent artworks of tumbling trees along the walls, new decorative lighting, new painting, planter boxes filled with plants and climbing vines to create a sustainable vertical garden along the laneway.

    The public artwork now cleverly disguises recessed fire doors along Albion Place which back onto the cinema. The project titled Watling Tree” by artist Caroline Rothwel features the stunning tumbling tree design etched into a stainless steel panel.

     Albion Place, Sydney



    by Project Coordinator 16 Jan 2013, 05:38 PM