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Shortlist selected: $300k Kensington and Kingsford ideas comp

Randwick City Council in Sydney has selected four teams to proceed to stage two of an international ideas competition for the urban design of two of its town centres, Kensington and Kingsford.

The competition, dubbed the K2K, seeks ideas for the strategic direction, sustainable growth and creative transformation of the town centres as they head into a period of significant urban redevelopment.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • Aspect Studios team comprising Aspect Studios Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, SJB Architects and Urban Design, Terroir Architecture and Urban Planning, SGS Economics and Planning
  • Coda Architecture and Urban Design team comprising: Coda Architecture and Urban Design, Realm Studios Landscape Architecture, and GTA Transport consultants
  • JBA team comprising JBA Urban Design and Planning, Stewart Hollenstein Architecture and Urban Design, Arcadia Landscape and Natural Systems, The Transport Planning People and Jess Scully
  • JMD design team comprising James Mather Delaney Design Landscape Architects, Hill Thalis Architecture and Urban Projects, Bennett and Trimble Architecture and Urban Projects

The teams were selected by an independent jury, which included Malcolm Snow (chair, National Capital Authority), Ben Hewett (NSW Government Architect’s Office), Jennifer Neales (Fred St), Kerry Clare (Clare Design) and Tim Greer (Tonkin Zulaikha Greer).

The proposed Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail will run along Anzac Parade through Kensington, terminating in Kingsford.

The proposed Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail will run along Anzac Parade through Kensington, terminating in Kingsford.

Image: Randwick City Council

“The jury was impressed by the overall quality and diversity of the submissions received. In responding to the complexity of the brief, many of the assembled teams represented a broad mix of design skills,” said Sue Holliday, K2K competition strategic advisor and professor of planning practice at the University of New South Wales.

Randwick City Council conducted a concurrent online community survey which helped to inform the brief to design teams going into stage two.

Mayor Noel D’Souza said, “This won’t be an easy task as the four teams will need to respond to a brief that the community has helped to develop over the past four weeks. Our jury will be looking for innovation, creativity and sustainability.

“The construction of the light rail through this area provides us with an opportunity to innovate these suburbs along Anzac Parade to create a new streetscape that is inviting to residents, students, visitors and businesses. We want to see ideas that will revitalise this neighbourhood and leverage the benefit that light rail will bring.”

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Stage two begins on 8 August and the shortlisted competitors will have until 16 September to submit their ideas. Their proposals will be publicly exhibited from 21 September to 5 October. The winners will be announced on 17 October.

The council is offering a total prize pool of $300,000, with a total of $140,000 to be shared equally among the shortlisted competitors and $120,000 awarded to the winner. The jury may wish to award $40,000 to a commended competitor.

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