HASSELL Helps define an urban future for western Sydney
Matthew Pullinger of HASSELL has played a key role in the development of a long term future for one of Australia's most run-down urban corridors. HASSELL was one of nine leading architects, landscape architects and urban designers involved in an Urban Taskforce Australia plan for Parramatta Road in Sydney, currently a hotchpotch of car yards, run down buildings and decaying infrastructure. The Urban Taskforce is a non-profit organisation set up by the property development industry as a forum for debate on the future of Australia's cities and the urban environment.
The Taskforce vision, published in its magazine Urban Ideas, is for the redevelopment of Parramatta Road into a new green, "liveability corridor". HASSELL developed a series of images showing how a wide range of transport infrastructure projects planned or under consideration by governments would help transform Parramatta Road, the major link between the centre of Sydney and Parramatta to the west.
"New transport links already under discussion include road, heavy rail, light rail and metro rail proposals," Matthew Pullinger said. "Transport infrastructure is essential to viable urban renewal, and the Taskforce work recognises this. Some of the new transport links would take vehicular traffic off the road and others would serve people living along it. The Parramatta Road corridor needs both if it is to become a vital, mixed use urban neighbourhood where people want to live and work."
The Urban Taskforce publication identifies 12 major development sites along the corridor that could kickstart the rebirth of Parramatta Road. HASSELL has designed a proposal for one of these sites, the Summer Hill Flour Mill, and a master plan for the adjacent McGill Street precinct. The flour mill includes an iconic set of silos next to a disused freight line that will soon become an extension to Sydney's inner west light rail line. The existing light rail from central Sydney to Lilyfield will be extended past Summer Hill to Dulwich.
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