Cavenagh Heat Mitigation

A local company PTM Group PTY LTD has been awarded the contract to construct a 55-metre cool, green canopy over Cavenagh Street for $2.7 million.

The project will see a sculptural interpretation of a large-scale pergola utilising Stringbark timber supplied by Gumatj Corporation. Two species of vines will be grown over it to create shade and provide cooling to the street.

The Northern Territory Government and its Darwin City Deal partners are trialling a series of heat mitigation initiatives that will help reduce surface and air temperatures in our tropical city and rejuvenate Darwin’s CBD. Heat mapping of Darwin city centre identified Cavenagh Street as one of the hottest locations in the city.

Construction of the shade structure will commence this month and take approximately 21 weeks to complete.

Other CBD initiatives being undertaken by the City of Darwin and Northern Territory Government include:

  • Shade structures and new trees as part of the upgrade of the Cavenagh and Bennett Street intersections improving the tourist experience.
  • Greening the Street –planter boxes for medium scale trees and garden walls for instant greenery.
  • Cool surface treatments – new technology paints to reflect UV, and alternate road mix and pavement products along Cavenagh Street.
  • Environmental monitoring– through sensors installed as part of the Switching on Darwin Smart Cities project.

The Northern Territory Government is committed to revitalising the CBD, and will continue to work with the Australian Government, City of Darwin and Charles Darwin University on the development of a Darwin City Deal.

For more information visit the Darwin City Deal website.