Much has been achieved over the past two decades to transform the Sydney Park site from its former post-industrial history and waste disposal, into 44 hectares of parkland and a vital asset for the growing communities of Sydney’s southern suburbs.
This project forms the City’s largest environmental projects to date, built in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan. It is an integral component of Sustainable Sydney 2030; targeting 10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and re-use in the park. The City also seized the once in a lifetime opportunity to use what was essentially an infrastructure project to breathe new life into the park – as a vibrant recreation and environmental asset for Sydney.
The City engaged a design team led by landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership who orchestrated an intense and multi-disciplinary collaboration intersecting design, art, science and ecology – in a ‘roundtable’ of creatives shared between water experts Alluvium, artists Turpin + Crawford Studio, ecologists Dragonfly Environmental, engineers Partridge and the City’s own Landscape Architects. Design Landscapes constructed the project.
The result is an interwoven series of community infrastructures and ‘made’ systems – water re-use, recreation, biodiversity and habitat all integrated within the physical fabric of Sydney Park.
Sydney Park now offers an enhanced recreational experience to the Sydney community, going beyond the picturesque; creating instead a revitalised, multi-faceted waterscape that celebrates the connection between people and place.
“An inspiring and innovative project that not only goes way beyond standard sustainability outcomes, but also captures the hearts and minds of everyone who visits.
“Using an integrated engineering approach and water sensitive urban design, the project team took a derelict post-industrial site and transformed it into a living, breathing stormwater capture and filtration system rich in biodiversity and recreational value.
“Ultimately this project is thoughtfully designed, elegantly executed and an exemplar of climate change leadership.” – John Davies, Derwent London, Civic Trust Awards National Panel 2018
Aerial photography by Ethan Rohloff
Good Design Awards Best in Class 2018
202020 Vision Green Design Award 2018
Civic Trust Award 2018
Special Award for Sustainability 2018
The American Architecture Prize Landscape Architecture of the Year Award (Platinum) 2016
Australia Prize in Urban Design Award for Major Built Infrastructure 2016
AILA (National Awards) Infrastructure Award 2016
AILA (NSW Awards) Excellence Award 2016
Sydney Design Awards 2015
Good Design Awards 2016
Sustainability Awards 2016 – Outdoor StructureSustainability Awards 2016 – Outdoor Structure
Australian project recognized in Europe’s oldest built environment awards, ArchitectureAU
Turf Design Studio’s Sydney Park project shortlisted at Civic Trust Awards, Architecture & Design
Australians dominate inaugural American Architecture Prize, Architecture Australia
Australia Award for Urban Design, Delivered Outcome – Large Scale, Landscape Australia
Six Australian parks ranked among the world’s best, Architecture Australia