Five firms are vying for the opportunity to deliver Central Park – Bradfield City Centre’s ‘jewel in the crown’ and most important green, open space.
James Corner, world-renowned landscape architect and designer of Manhattan’s iconic High Line in New York City, joins Government Architect NSW Abbie Galvin; FLUMINIS Design Advisory Services’ Kate Luckraft; Gallagher Studio’s Dr Libby Gallagher and Jiwah’s Clarence Slockee on the jury to decide the concept design winner.
Western Parkland City Authority Chair Jennifer Westacott said Central Park will not only be a destination and key point of arrival, especially for overseas visitors, but an important arts and culture hub too.
“Investment in public spaces is important because a well-designed public space brings people, and importantly, businesses in, boosting the economic value of everything around it,” Ms Westacott said. “Central Park is important to Bradfield City Centre because for many, it will be the first impression they have of Australia when they arrive from Western Sydney International Airport.
“It also needs to be a beautiful and functional space for visitors, workers and residents to gather, to play or rest, and act as the perfect backdrop for performances and pop-up events.”
Ms Westacott said the Central Park competition had a strong emphasis on design and engagement with Traditional Custodians.
“Designing and connecting with Country has been done with consultation of the Traditional Custodians through all phases of the competition,” Ms Westacott added. “As the principal gathering place with a strong identity celebrating First Nations people, recognising culture and connection to Country, it was vital the Central Park design tells the stories of Country.”
Landscape architect and juror, James Corner, said public space is the lifeblood of any successful city and community.
“This is not just landscape, planting, and greening. Central Park will have significant cultural, economic, and environmental value.”
Vying for the opportunity to make their mark on Australia’s newest city, the shortlist of five leading architecture firms is:
Arcadia Landscape Architecture
Turf Design Studio
The winning scheme is expected to be announced in August.
See the full details at wpca.sydney.