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Two Sydney projects win national urban design awards

Two Sydney projects win national urban design awards
October 16, 2016

Sydney’s biggest environmental project and one of Australia’s fastest-growing suburbs took out top honours at a prestigious national urban design awards at the end of last week.

The City of Sydney’s Green Square town centre and Sydney Park water re-use project were both winners at the 2016 Australian Urban Design Awards.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the prestigious national award wins reflected on the brilliant teams involved and the City’s commitment to excellent urban design.

Lord Mayor Moore stated “this is a win for our inner city communities, who’ve come with us on the journey of great urban design, and it’s a win for our fantastic staff teams and partners on these projects.

“We’re focused on meeting the needs of our communities with great spaces and facilities that residents, businesses and visitors can enjoy and be inspired by.

“In Green Square, we’re revitalising the area’s heritage charm with innovative and sustainable design that reflects the growing community. Our long-term planning and design for the town centre represents a strong and truly coordinated vision – the community’s local knowledge, needs and hopes for the town centre helped shape its development.

“Our Sydney Park water re-use project brought together excellent design, science and sustainability to create a significant new piece of green infrastructure. This innovative design allows for the cleaning and reuse of 340 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of local storm water runoff from Newtown each year.”

The multi-award winning Sydney Park water re-use project won the Delivered Outcome - Large Scale category award, while Green Square was awarded the Urban Design, Policies, Programs and Concepts - Large Scale category.

Green Square is bringing culture and creativity to the doorstep of 61,000 people who will soon live in the area, with a new town centre set to boast sustainable infrastructure and world-class community facilities.

Features will include a library, childcare centre, creative hub, aquatic and recreational centre, more than 15 parks, and Australia’s biggest residential stormwater harvesting and treatment system.

The Sydney Park water re-use project harvests and treats up to 850 million litres of stormwater from Newtown’s Munni Street catchment each year. The water is used to irrigate the 44-hectare parkland and supply water to a neighbouring depot.

The Australian Urban Design Awards, awarded by the Planning Institute of Australia, is one of the nation’s largest urban design competitions.

Established in 1996 by then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating, the program recognises contemporary Australian urban design projects of the highest quality.

The 2016 judging panel included representatives from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Government Architects Network Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Urban Design Forum.

The judges commended the Green Square town centre project for its creation of a mixed-use neighbourhood on former industrial land with high-quality public spaces and community infrastructure.

The judges said the Sydney Park water re-use project design “provides a bold, high-quality and conscientious enhancement of public space that is interconnected with the surrounding urban environment through water collection and re-use.”

Images: Wetlands at Sydney Park (top) and Green Square (below).

15th July 2016 - GREEN SQUARE AQUATIC CENTRE ARCHITECTS SET AMBITIOUS SUSTAINABILITY TARGET

3rd July 2016 - SYDNEY PARK WATER RE-USE PROJECT WINS PRESTIGIOUS 2016 MAAS DESIGN AWARD

15th October 2015 - NEW URBAN SANCTUARY FOR SYDNEY’S GREEN SQUARE

11th September 2015 - LOCAL LANGUAGE NAMES FOR SYDNEY PARK WETLANDS

11th November 2014 - HARVESTED WATER TO REVITALISE SYDNEY PARK

21st May 2012 - SYDNEY ANNOUNCES DEVELOPMENT OF NEW CULTURAL POLICY

6th September 2010 - SYDNEY FOR ALL PROJECT WINS WORLD LEISURE AWARD 


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