This year saw the completion of some great projects, in the public domain in Canberra and Sydney. Constitution Avenue in Canberra has been completed along with Thomas & Hay Street in Chinatown, amongst others.
A selection of our recently completed projects have been awarded at a state and national level, with Forest Edge Garden taking out the AILA National Gardens Award of Excellence and Chelsea Street Park receiving the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award – Parks and Open Space. Campbell Section 5 (Hassett Park) was also recognised for design excellence, being awarded AILA ACT Award for Excellence – Parks and Open Space, and was highly commended in the Stormwater NSW Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater Design.
We wish you all a safe and happy festive season, and we are looking forward to working on more exciting projects in the New Year.
Chelsea Street Playground was recognised on Thursday night at the AILA NSW Awards dinner.
Awarded the AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award – Parks and Open Space 2016, this achievement reflects the rich collaborative environment of the City of Sydney, design specialists and the community that resulted in a unique, playful and high quality urban park upgrade.
Last Saturday saw the official opening of Chelsea Street Playground with an appearance from Lord Mayor Clover Moore and entertainment organised by the City of Sydney.
It was the local residents, however, who really brought the party showing up in droves to celebrate the reopening of what many consider to be an extension of their backyard. This was evident in the large number of children who brought toys from home to share with other children. A quirk, which has become a defining characteristic of the playground and contributed to the strong sense of community that exists amongst the park’s users.
The new park and playground has proven to be extremely popular since its soft opening last month, with many families using the custom designed picnic shelter as a base for trick-or-treat during Halloween and taking advantage of the new BBQ facilities for neighbourhood parties.
The community garden has also been well received by the local residents. While the new paving and planting along nearby Rennie Street has adds to the character of the surrounding area and this closely knit community.
All in all it was a fantastic day and showcased that even small parks can have a big impact within our inner city neighbourhoods.
Reconciliation Park was officially opened by the Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Saturday. The sunny day brought together many families from the surrounding neighbourhood as well as a number of residents who contributed during the initial community consultation.
Reconciliation park is the second to be completed as part of the Stage 11 Three Parks Upgrade project for the City of Sydney.
The project involved extensive community and children’s consultation to develop a design that would meet the needs of this diverse inner city neighbourhood.
The playground includes a custom designed tree house, play terraces and a combination of balance, swing and climbing structures.
In addition to the new playground, upgrades included recycled brick paving and paths, a rain garden with extensive native planting and space for a future community garden.
Janet Beirne Park, is an inner city park that was identified by City of Sydney Council as requiring significant upgrade. Designated as a neighbourhood park, the project provided an opportunity to review its function as a green space for the community of Beaconsfield. Through community consultation and analysis of existing park provisions nearby, the park design was developed. The result is a bright and lively park that includes a new playground, a sunny retreat terrace, improved BBQ and seating facilities, open lawn terrace with rain garden and improved path networks and accessibility.