Turf Design Studio in collaboration with Environmental Partnership has won the Civic Trust Award and The Special Award for Sustainability at Europe’s longest running awards program for the built environment, the 59th Civic Trust Awards.
Director Mike Horne and members of the project team were on hand to receive their awards, which were presented at last week’s award ceremony at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, UK.
The Civic Trust Awards celebrate exceptional architecture, urban design, public realm and public art projects from around the world. The Civic Trust award recognises projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment, demonstrating excellence in design, while also being sustainable, accessible and provide a positive civic contribution. Three Special Awards were also given to projects that have demonstrated outstanding credentials in specific areas, including favourite scheme of the year, community impact and engagement, and sustainability.
The Sydney Park Water Re-use Project competed with a strong field of UK-based and international entrants, other winners included the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, UK (Kéré Architecture), Milford-on-Sea Beach Huts and Public Realm Improvements (Snug Architects) and Central European University Phase 1, Budapest (O’Donnell + Tuomey with Teampannon).
In partnership with the City of Sydney, landscape architects Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership led a multidisciplinary team of water engineering, public art, ecology, lighting, and other specialists on this $11 million landmark project.
Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project demonstrates excellence in design through an integrated response that delivers a unique and dynamic city parkland, integrating landfill remediation, recreation, enhanced biodiversity, civil infrastructure, with new urban water re-use systems. The project:
- Is the City of Sydney’s largest stormwater harvesting and re-use facility
- Harvests 850 million litres of stormwater annually
- Is designed to reduce City of Sydney’s potable water demand by 10% before 2030
- Revitalises 40 hectares of former landfill site into wetlands, playgrounds, wildlife habitat, and recreational areas.
“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.
“This made the project clearly standout, as it responds not only to the climate change driven problems of increased drought and heavy storms and the need to conserve our water resources, but also responding to the need for low impact development which fits seamlessly into its surroundings. 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
(Image credit: Civic Trust Awards & Wayne Myers Photography)
Civic Trust Award 2018
Special Award for Sustainability 2018
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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 Structure
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