Tonight the AILA ACT Australian Institute of Landscape Architects will hold their 2018 award ceremony where a number of Gungahlin projects have been nominated. We will let you know if any of these projects have won awards, best of luck to all involved.
ACT Award Entry for the ‘Parks & Open Space’ category – ‘Throsby Open Spaces by Tait Network
“Throsby has been designed with a focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle through celebration and enjoyment in the open spaces, infrastructure and active movement systems. Throsby is a new suburb at the urban edge of Canberra. Its 116 hectares were previously used for rural activities, sheep and cattle grazing”.
ACT Award Entry for the ‘Parks & Open Space’ category – Moncrieff East by Redbox Design Group
“Moncrieff East is a new suburban estate in the north of Canberra, with a significant area of open space. A specific design language was developed at commencement of design, which is a fusion of two key sources. The first is the life and legacy of ‘Australia’s Queen of Song’,Gladys Moncrieff. This is interwoven with the Suburban Land Agency’s vibrant branding of sunset colours and linear marketing imagery. Together, these themes create a meaningful and memorable design identity for the whole community, evident in art work custom furniture motifs, pavement patterning, signage and structures as well as the play elements and experiences”.
ACT Award Entry for the Play Space category – Moncrieff Community Recreation Park by Redbox Design Group
“Moncrieff Recreation Park is a new multi-purpose facility designed for the whole community, combining a range of sporting activities with play and recreation for all ages. The design was motivated by a fundamental objective to inspire the community to get out and get moving. The design philosophy was strongly founded in the life and legacy of Australia’s “Queen of Song” – Gladys Moncrieff, as well as the Suburban Land Agency’s vibrant branding of sunset colours and linear marketing imagery. The conceptual thinking was expanded further, drawing on the simplistic and poetically powerful sculptural assemblages of Rosalie Gascoigne”.
“Throsby is a new suburb at the urban edge of Canberra. It’s 116 hectares were previously used for rural activities, sheep and cattle grazing. Tait Network has worked alongside the Land Development Agency (now the Suburban Land Agency) through the Key Design Elements, Master Plan, Estate Development Plan and Detail Design/Construction Documentation phases to create a multifaceted urban estate. Along the way a myriad of consultants have been involved, particularly Calibre Consulting who were the Civil Engineers and Lead Consultant for these latter phases. Originally almost three times this size, Throsby was dramatically reduced in area through the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment. Due to this reduction, Throsby lost its key land uses originally envisaged in the Structure Plan – its local centre, shops, mixed use/medium density uses and school site”
“Capital Metro will transform the way people move around Canberra. The new light rail system will run 12-kilometres from the City to Gungahlin, along Northbourne Avenue and Flemington Road – one of Canberra’s busiest and growing urban corridors. HASSELL, together with Arup, was engaged by Transport Canberra to provide the urban design for Capital Metro. The project’s scope spanned everything from the development of alignment options at Feasibility Stage through to the final Reference Design – establishing the key principles and benchmarks for the project’s procurement and delivery phases”.
“Amaroo Group Centre is a new mixed-use centre built on a greenfield site in Gungahlin, ACT. The design capitalises on the existing features of the site including its natural topography, views, adjacent development and mature trees. Amaroo presents a new typology for mixed use centres in the ACT. Given that it is the first new centre to be delivered in over 15 years, it is a reflection of the updated needs and desires of a modern Canberra with a brief requesting a robust provision for viable street based commercial activity within a genuinely mixed-use urban centre that integrates residential use from inception”.