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.