2016 NSW AILA Awards News / Awards / 01.08.2016

Hosted at the ivy ballroom on Thursday 14th July, the team picked up several AILA NSW Awards. Congratulations to all our clients and the many consultants we worked with to deliver these great projects:

Communities- Award of Excellence, Byron Bay

Constructed projects or strategies relating to community development that demonstrate engagement with a community and recognition and interpretation of the community’s values.

Jury Citation:

The Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan sets a new benchmark for delivering an engaging place-based approach to revitalisation of regional town centres. The jury noted the intensive and rigorous community engagement process which was conducted over 16 months and included over ten events and an interactive website. Locals have forever resisted change in Byron, and the master plan team tackled this head on and made ‘change’ the centrepiece of the conversation, turning this into a positive discussion around ‘place vitality’. The graphic style of the report has been skillfully tuned to engage the target audience and communicate place principles, activation strategies and short and long term master plan solutions for twelve precincts within the township.

Urban Design - Award of Excellence, Springwood town Centre

Consideration of a context and function beyond the limits of the site boundary, and which contribute to a broader functioning of a precinct, neighbourhood, region or city.

Jury Citation:

The Springwood Town Centre Master Plan exemplifies innovative and achievable town centre revitalisation at a very local scale. Leading a multi-disciplinary project team, the landscape architects have developed a suite of very workable strategies to incrementally transform the ‘retail strip’ of Springwood’s town centre into a unique township that engages both its cultural context as well as its spectacular Blue Mountains setting. The process has been informed by comprehensive analysis of generic urban conditions and opportunities – land ownership, movement patterns, urban form and so on. The final strategies however, reflect a high degree of local knowledge, gleaned through consultation with the client and the community, as well as the superior appreciation of place that landscape architects bring to a project. Combining a clear policy framework with a practical plan for interim and pilot projects, this is a robust master plan with the flexibility to guide the future development of Springwood into a balanced and memorable town centre.

Parks and Open Space - Landscape Architecture Award for Fairwater Park

Constructed public parks and open space, or strategic open space projects that balance the demand for recreation, culture and the environment.

Jury Citation:

The project appealed to the jury in its restrained approach to urban waterway design which retains key mature trees and grassland from the previous golf course use and adds a collection of elements offering access to the water’s edge. An elegantly detailed concrete weir is placed parallel to the pedestrian bridge, becoming a beautiful signage element. The subtle conversation between the trickling weir and the static bridge element lends a sense of calm to the pedestrian circulation around the waterway which approaches the serene.


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