Penny Allan landscape architect/practicing

victoria park sydney


Victoria Park is a 24 hectare mixed-use development site-owned and managed by Landcom. Prior to European development, the site was part of a large wetland and lagoon ecological system that extended from Centennial Park to Botany Bay, known as the Botany Swamp. Watkins Tench described it in 1789 as one of the finest meadows in the world, but since then the site’s ecosystems have gradually deteriorated. The site was developed firstly as a racecourse in the 1800s, and then for heavy industry. Victoria Park is now a 24 hectare mixed-use development, incorporating medium and high-density housing, commercial and retail facilities for a population of 5,000. The design outcome represents an environmental first for an Australian urban development, achieving: the development and implementation of water sensitive urban design principles; integration of floral and faunal habitats with site development; and site connectivity through a network of street and landscape elements.


2004 Australian Award for Urban Design – Category Award – Public Domain
2004 AILA National Awards – Commendation – Environment in Landscape Architecture
2004 AILA National Awards – Merit Award – Design in Landscape Architecture
2003 RAIA (NSW) Awards – Lloyd Rees Award – Civic Design
2003 RAIA (NSW) Awards – Architecture Award – ESD/Energy Efficiency
2003 CCAA Public Domain Awards – Commendation – Precincts
2003 NSW Premier’s Public Sector Awards – Bronze Award for Water Sensitive Urban Design
2003 IFLA Eastern Region Award for Excellence – Award of Excellence
2002 Green Square Design Awards – Award Winner – Innovation
2002 The Francis Greenway Society Green Building Awards – Gold Medal
2002 AILA (NSW) Project Awards – Project Award – Master Planning
2002 PIA / UDF Australia Award for Urban Design Excellence – Award of Merit
2002 SIA National Award for Excellence in Water Sensitive Urban Design
2001 RAPI (NSW) Awards – Commendation Award for Excellence in Planning – Urban Design 2001 UDIA (NSW) Awards for Excellence – Commendation – Professional Consulting Award

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