2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award of Excellence for Urban Design

Parramatta City River Strategy by McGregor Coxall Urban Design: Award of Excellence Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

Great landscape architecture often involves embracing elements of the natural environment to stimulate design thinking. When this is applied in an urban design situation, opportunities arise to change the focus of a city. The Parramatta City River Strategy is such a project. It sets out to rediscover the natural aesthetic of the river and, consequentially, to recalibrate the economy of Sydney’s second CBD. It’s a bold project that seeks to draw from the community, to inform decision makers and leaders and to provide a vision for Parramatta. It pulls together transport frameworks, recreational corridors and multi-use architectural spaces, balancing infrastructure with aesthetic outcomes. At the same time, Aboriginal and colonial heritage are recognized and provided for through a collaborative delivery and implementation plan. As summed up by the lord mayor, it is “a plan for a world-class river foreshore that recognizes the importance of the river to the city, improving the city’s connections while protecting and activating the river for people to enjoy.”


Lead Consultant
McGregor Coxall
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Aboriginal archaeology Kayandel Archaeological Services
Accessibility consultant Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting
Community consultation People Place and Partnership
Costing Altus Page Kirkland
Economics and Business Case AEC Group
Flood engineer Royal Haskoningdhv
Heritage consultant City Plan
Lighting Steensen Varming
Project manager Callantha Brigham
Project partner Parramatta City Council
Quantity surveyor Altus Page Kirkland
WSUD Alluvium
Site Details
Location Parramatta,  NSW,  Australia
Project Details
Category Landscape / urban
Type Public / civic
Client name Parramatta City Council
Website cityofparramatta.com.au



Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: McGregor Coxall, McGregor Coxall


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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