You probably know it as the laneway you use to drop your kids off out the front of Hoyts, but by early next year Woden's Bradley Street will be unrecognisable thanks to a $21 million facelift.
Owners of Westfield Woden, Scentre Group, and joint venture partner Perron Group on Tuesday revealed plans to transform Bradley Street into a busy and vibrant dining precinct.
As part of the redevelopment, the ground floor of the current multi-storey carpark facing the cinema will become a strip of six coffee and dining spaces, complementing existing eateries Rashays, Grill'd and San Churro.
The new-look Bradley Street will encompass natural textures, greenery and a range of "pet-friendly features". Locally commissioned Indigenous artwork, street art and interactive lighting will inject the precinct with colour.
Scentre Group's regional manager for centre experience, Malcolm Creswell, said the new mix of cafes and restaurants, including "some of Canberra's favourites" would cater to early morning coffee drinkers and late night diners alike.
"We recognise there’s significant demand for an elevated dining experience within the Woden area," Mr Creswell said.
"Our vision is to make Westfield Woden a vibrant dining destination - a place to gather, relax and enjoy with family, friends and colleagues during the day and into the evening.
"I can't tell you who the restaurants are at this stage, it's a bit early for that, but watch this space."
Mr Creswell said the Bradley Street project encompassed major changes to the ground floor food court and an upgrade of its amenities.
"The precinct, we're hoping, will breathe new life into Bradley Street," he said.
"It's all closed off now but you don't have to have too much imagination to know whatever we do down there is going to make a significant difference."
The Scentre Group announcement comes just weeks after the Canberra Southern Cross Club opened its new $5m dining precinct Woden Central to the public.
Both the Southern Cross Club and Bradley Street are located less than 100m from a future Light Rail Stage 2 stop and brand new Transport Canberra interchange.
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