Chinatown Laneways Construction Update

Chinatown Laneways Construction Update

Work to start on Chinatown laneways

The City of Sydney developed the Chinatown Public Domain Plan with the community to improve the area, celebrate its heritage and encourage more visitors.

We have planned more pedestrian-friendly streets, new spaces for markets and outdoor dining, and better walking and cycling links with surrounding areas.

We are starting with three laneways – Little Hay Street,Factory Street and Kimber Lane.


Work includes:

  • Little Hay Street – widening the footpath to encourage more street activity, new street trees, better street lighting and paving, and high quality street furniture
  • Factory Street – creating a shared space for cars and pedestrians, with a lower speed limit, as well as new paving, street trees, seating and decorative lighting
  • Kimber Lane- will also becomeshared space for cars and pedestrians, with a lower speed limit, new artistic paving and suspended decorative lighting.

Construction will begin 25 June 2011 and is due to finish at the end of February 2012 – we will do everything we can to minimise any disruption.


Access will be maintained for all shops, restaurants, offices and residential buildings, while access to Factory Street and Kimber Lane garages and loading bays will also be retained.


Work will generally take place between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am-5pm Saturdays.

Project contacts

For more information please contact the City contractor’s Community Liaison Officer, Jason Shawpan, Ford Civil Contracting on 0403 615 632 or Gabriella Monagle, Project Manager, City of Sydney, on 9265 9333 or at

Find information about our plans to transform Chinatown at: