Gregory Place Build-to-Rent lodged to the NSW Department of Planning + Envlronment
Gregory Place has been lodged to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment as a State Significant Development.
The architectural design concept is for 3 x freestanding building forms that are arranged into an orthogonal layout of five fingers that vary in height from 4-8 storeys and adjust to the scale of the existing and future context, including remaining colonial cottages. The built form has been embedded within a parkland setting of courts and passages that creates a framework for permeable pedestrian movement to enable physical and visual connections to the rich cultural landscape setting.
The vision for the development is to create a breathing, living environment that is responsive to the sun, light, air and outlook that complements its residential parkland setting and rich cultural history.
The existing site is blighted industrial land that has the potential to be made much better in many respects. The proposed development is a large project that is embedded in being different to its context, while also being compatible. Most importantly, the site able to better Connect with Country. The site is located within a rich cultural landscape that has been occupied for many thousands of years and physically transformed following colonialisation and later with multiculturalism. It has evolved into a distinctive place that is a special sub-precinct, an island that is defined by a parkland landscape to the north, stormwater channel to the south with only one street interface.
The existing industrial uses on the site are now redundant and there is an opportunity to rejuvenate it for residential occupation to take advantage of its prime location and excellent amenity. In doing so, there is an added responsibility to balance the relationship between density and social outcomes - economics, environment and social benefits. Density should be located on good land with good amenity in order to contain urban sprawl and it should be offset by creating a high-quality and connected public domain.
While respecting the significant colonial history of the four key state heritage register listings (Hambledon Cottage, Elizabeth Farm and Experiment Farm) and Parramatta Sand Body to the north, any significant development also has an obligation to Care for Country. Acknowledging the history pre-contact as well as contemporary stories, provides a deeper understanding of our history and develops our thinking of Australia as a Country. This can be achieved by embedding place into the interpretation of the built form and significant open space, and by permitting pedestrian movement through the site once again. Furthermore, there is also an opportunity to make a strong sustainable commitment towards the future.
Architect: Stanisic Architects
Client: Hallmark Constructions
Community Housing Provider: Pacific Community Housing
Artist: Mark Gerada