It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Design King William team. We’ve been meeting with the traders to discuss the upcoming upgrade, building an understanding of the individual needs of each business in the precinct.
The one-on-one sessions have been very engaging and insightful, helping improve our knowledge of how the businesses in the precinct operate, what their preferences are for the construction works and how we can assist and work together once the project is under way. We are grateful for the honest and open conversations we’ve had.
Through our conversations, we have formed an understanding of key trade periods for individual traders as well as for different business types. For example, some traders are especially busy in the lead up to Mother’s Day, and for others it is Christmas.
Construction preferences were discussed, explained and explored. We also spoke about traders’ preferences for construction, including a total road closure, partial road closure or staged works. It was also important to understand how much advance notice traders would like to receive for works that will take place outside their tenancy to allow them to plan accordingly and inform their customers.
This information is vital for us in minimising the impact of construction for all stakeholders. It is important we keep the lines of communication with traders open throughout the project and develop approaches to assist them during the upgrade. The successful contractor will use this knowledge to inform the construction method and share the expectations of the street.
It’s wonderful to see that there is a lot of support for the upgrade, and that businesses in the precinct are excited about realising the commercial benefits of a beautiful, active and accessible streetscape.
View the Trader Engagement Form to find out the types of questions we're asking.