Newmarket

Randwick, NSW | Residential

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Privately owned by the Inglis family for over 100 years, more than 30 per cent of this landmark site will be public open space. Masterplanned in collaboration with Bates Smart, Arcadia has addressed the 5,000 sqm public park, 2,200 sqm food and beverage plaza, streetscape, and public through site links on this 5.1 hectare site.

Following the masterplan, Arcadia collaborated with Bates Smart, SJB and Neeson Murcutt on development applications for each of the 11 individual residential sites.

Brief

To nurture the legacy of the Newmarket site, Arcadia’s landscape approach focuses on connecting people visually and physically to the history of the site, with its strong links to the evolution of Randwick and Australia’s horse racing history. Iconic features of the site, including Newmarket House, the Big Stable and the Moreton Bay fig trees are design drivers. The park and the food and beverage plaza will be the focal point for the coherent and connected interpretive narrative, delivering a neighbourhood precinct which will revitalise the Randwick community.

Design Process

Respecting the history and re-using elements to preserve the heritage are central themes for the landscape design of Newmarket Randwick.
The landscape and architectural approach are united in creating a grand vista the length of the site, with views from Barker Street, through the food and beverage plaza and across the park to both Newmarket House and the Big Stable.

Throughout Newmarket Randwick, Arcadia’s landscape design ensures the iconic Moreton Bay fig trees are a defining feature of the landscape.

Context and materiality

Arcadia’s design team has recognised the responsibility to create a design which activates the site from an economic, sustainable and social perspective, nurturing and celebrating the long and rich history of Newmarket. Arcadia’s designs achieve this through a wide array of opportunities including soundscape, public art, interpretive elements and significant reuse of materials salvaged from the buildings which occupied the site prior to construction.

With so much heritage wrapped in this site, great care has been taken during excavation. Archaeologists have uncovered many notable discoveries, many of these historical finds will be reused in design elements throughout the site.

While a variety of character zones will be found across the site, the overall landscape character is defined by the original gardens – formal clipped hedges, climbers and lush gardens with a refined planting palette. The materials used will be of the finest quality, looking to balance heritage with contemporary modern lifestyle – recycled timber decks, precast concrete paving and reflective stone water features.

Project completion

With the evolution of the Newmarket sales ring into a unique play structure, the park will display a distinct connection and association with the Australian Bloodstock industry. The food and beverage plaza at Newmarket Randwick will become a new dining destination in the City of Randwick. Arcadia has designed the al fresco dining space and retail laneway to bring Newmarket Randwick’s significant history to life with a coherent and connected interpretive narrative.