Campbell Section 5, ACT, Australia
Land Development Agency (LDA)
Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects
photography: Diana Snape, JILA
Winner – AILA (ACT) Award for Excellence – Parks and Open Space 2016
Highly Commended – Stormwater (NSW) Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design 2016
Detailed design and documentation of the public domain of Hassett Park flowed from the urban design study and community consultation process that establishes a new urban community at the intersection of ANZAC Parade and Constitution Avenue on the edge of Canberra’s Civic centre. Streets and park have been delivered as a framework to development, providing a rational block structure, and immediate amenity for the existing adjacent community and new residents alike.
Streets have been designed to prioritise pedestrian and cycle movement under a spreading canopy of street trees. Hassett Park is punctuated by a series of detailed plazas leading from Constitution Avenue back into the suburb of Campbell.
The new park provides a range of experiences from intimate ‘play pods’ and exercise areas to open native grasslands, wetlands and woodlands. Central to the open space is a new urban stream that collects and treats stormwater from the whole catchment, providing irrigation for the park and improving the quality of water flowing into Lake Burley Griffin.
Overall the public domain sets a new standard of amenity for urban living within the nations capital.