Upgrades to the James Street Plaza on Beaumont Street in Hamilton are now complete following four months of construction.

The once dilapidated spot on one of Newcastle’s busiest streets has been transformed into an open space with new paving, trees, seating and public art displays.

A new light display has also been installed following a community vote on three options put forward by the University of Newcastle. The “Microcosmic Mosaic” was the winner and has been developed into a full-length animation which will be launched to light up the space at night.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes says the changes to the space are impressive following the project which is aimed to attract more visitors, families, and shoppers.

“”In response to community feedback we have delivered a safer, more appealing place for people to spend time.

“Once COVID-19 restrictions lift, we will welcome the community back to gather and activate the space with music, markets and food,” Cr Nelmes said.