Urban Habitat - District/Master Plan Scale Winner: Central Park, Sydney

Michael Goldrick
Development Director
Frasers Property Australia, Sydney

Muir Livingstone
Foster + Partners, Sydney

Converting a Disused Brewery into a Thriving Neighborhood

Central Park, a major $2 billion master-planned development in Sydney, has injected new life into the former Carlton & United Brewery (CUB) site. The precinct extends the historic area of Chippendale and connects it to the central business district, reinstating the original grid and re-integrating the formerly closed-off land to the north with its surroundings, encouraging people to walk through the site to and from Central Station and the main bus interchange. The urban village delivers 11 buildings, 2,214 residential apartments, 1,040 student dwellings, a hotel, commercial spaces, and facilities for two 90- children day-cares. At its heart is the new 6,400 square-meter urban park, Chippendale Green, a popular lunchtime spot for students of the neighboring University of Technology Sydney, residents and locals alike.

Significant sustainability initiatives have been introduced, with several buildings reaching 5-star Green Star ratings, both for design and “as-built.” Central to this aspiration is the district-wide energy and water strategy, which reduces plant spatial requirements. The tri-generation plant provides heating, cooling, and low-carbon electricity to the whole master plan, reducing carbon emissions by almost 200 kilotons over its lifetime, while the on-site water recycling plant meets 100 percent of the precinct’s non-potable water demand. Green roofs throughout capture rainwater, and several buildings use vegetation as a key part of their façades.

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