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About the Project

Client : Cbus Property
Location : Randwick, NSW
Length of Project : Since 2015

Arcadia has created a holistic landscape strategy that nurtures and celebrates the long and rich cultural history of Newmarket in a new neighbourhood precinct for the Randwick community. First settled in 1860 and owned by the Inglis family for over 100 years, the Newmarket Randwick site has a remarkable history, not just of Randwick’s early settlement, but also of the Australian horse-racing industry.

Brief

With over 30 per cent of Randwick Newmarket designated as public open space, including a 5,000 sqm public park, food and beverage plaza and village square, streetscape, and public through-site links connecting Barker Street, there was an unmissable opportunity to create a destination with a significant cultural heart for Randwick.

Design Principles & Process

From the outset the design team, in collaboration with Bates Smart, firmly believed that connecting people with Newmarket Randwick’s past, both visually and physically, must be at the centre of the design strategy.

Context and materiality

The retention of original structures has helped shape the site-wide landscape vision, with the landscape and architectural approach united in respecting physical and visual access to the original landmark elements.

The retention of original structures has helped shape the site-wide landscape vision, with the landscape and architectural approach united in respecting physical and visual access to the original landmark elements. The master plan is structured around a single access point with sight lines running the length of the site, connecting from Barker Street to the new Town Square, public playground and sales ring, Newmarket House and the Big Stable.

Located at the heart of the site, the iconic Newmarket sales ring sits under the original 130-year-old Moreton Bay fig tree, witness to every horse ever sold on the Newmarket site. Seeing the potential to keep the “bones” of the sales ring and celebrate this vital element to the site’s history, the original framework will be used to create a suspended climbing and play structure.

Throughout Newmarket Randwick, Moreton Bay fig trees have always been a defining feature of the landscape, and the landscape strategy celebrates the presence of these majestic sentinels, designing open space with the trees as the focal point. The approach taken to tree preservation in the landscape strategy, including eight figs retained, highlights the importance of the site vegetation to influence the desired character of Newmarket Randwick.

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Project completion

With stage one due for completion at the end of 2019, Arcadia’s strategy for Newmarket Randwick weaves interpretive layers through the site to creatively tell the story through the landscape. In particular, the park and the retail plaza will be the focal point through a wide array of opportunities including soundscape, public art, interpretive elements and significant reuse of timber and bricks, salvaged from the original stables, that will ensure the character of the site is retained and reinterpreted.