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Covid-Safe Melbourne

Restarting Melbourne's hospitality industry.

The City of Melbourne has announced plans to re-invigorate Melbourne’s restaurant scene by expanding outdoor dining experiences as part of it's Covid-Safe Dining Activation Plan, giving Melbournite’s a breath of fresh air.

BSPN Architecture has over 25 years’ experience designing unique end-user experiences for hospitality venues across Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. We are experts in what to consider when designing these spaces, to create a truly memory experience for patrons. With direct links to Council street trading officers, we are in a unique position to assist with your permit application and outdoor dining experience design.

Within the Covid-19 context many places worldwide are moving towards the greater use of outdoor areas to create spaces for dining and socialising. These spaces include footpaths, nature strips, urban parks, street parking (parklets), and roof tops.

BSPN can facilitate all or some of the process, creating a turn-key solution for venues looking to pivot in this new Covid-Safe economy:
o Council application
o Liquor Licence application
o Design including risk assessment and DDA compliance
o Material supply and installation though one of our trusted builders (within budget and on-time)

We want to assist our local business community via these extended permits to maximise their spaces as we move towards a “Covid Normal”.

What we do

Let us take care of the hard work and create something truly memorable.

We have a unique understanding of the hospitality sector and can customise our services to suit specific project requirements and site constraints. We pride ourselves in delivering creative solutions, within budget and in a timely manner.

Applications considered by City of Melbourne will take into consideration various elements such as the venue’s proposed site plan, safety elements, external elements and buffer clearances, furniture, planting and landscaping, lighting, and accessibility requirements.

Design considerations should reflect Melbourne’s unique weather systems, be adaptive and flexible. Most importantly, they should consider keeping patrons safe.

Design Services:
• Master planning and sketch design options
• Custom and unique designs
• Restaurant, café, bar, hotel, pub solutions
• Integral weather protection, heating, and cooling systems
• Covid-19 social distancing integration
• Screens, planters, safety barriers, lighting, and furniture selection
• Design for people with a disability
• Partial or full documentation
• Design maintenance as government requirements change

Project Management
• Business reactivation strategies
• Application preparation, submission, and monitoring for outdoor permit applications, building permit applications, liquor licencing
• Builder supply chain management
• Construction pricing and coordination

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What could this look like?

Options for venues to expand their outdoor dining may include a variety of public realm spaces, such as footpaths, nature strips, roof tops, and even on-street car parking spaces. The latter could see ‘parklets’ popping up all over Melbourne’s city streets, reinvigorating our vibrant restaurant scene. Applications to expand into on-street parking spaces will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the City of Melbourne.

Creating an impactful application with our guidance could improve chances of approval.

Contact our Melbourne studio for a free consultation to discuss the potential of your venue.

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