New South Wales

The Goods Line, Sydney: An AAUD winner

WITH nominations now being accepted for the 2015 Australia Award for Urban Design, we showcase some of the standout projects from last year that were recognised for the significant difference they made to the places, spaces, buildings and infrastructure of our cities.

This series continues with the winner of the Small Scale Policies, Programs and Concepts category, which recognises work that is not on-ground delivered outcomes, but that facilitate, guide or promote urban design excellence at a neighbourhood, local or site level.

The Goods Line, Sydney

The Goods Line seeks to transform a disused inner-Sydney rail corridor extending from the Ultimo Road underbridge to the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences - Powerhouse, parallel to Harris Street.

Ultimately, the project aims to create a new urban hub and connect more than 80,000 tertiary students, locals and visitors to the many major attractions of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct. The corridor will feature a series of elevated spaces or platforms which can be used for a variety of public entertainment, recreation, study and other activities.

Artist's impression looking north past 'The Thinking Hub'
Above: Artist's impression looking north past 'The Thinking Hub' / Part of The Goods Line South Precinct.

In this project, which involved the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Aspect Studios and CHROFI, a creative and bold approach was taken to deliver an elegant and active linear public space with dynamic connections to surrounding uses.

A primary movement spine is linked into a comprehensive pedestrian network, with a series of spaces to encourage events, activities and engagement. The aim is to create a new kind of civic space which blurs the boundaries of land ownership along its length and facilitates strong urban, stakeholder and community connections beyond its site boundary, with links to Central Station, Darling Harbour and the Exhibition Centre.

Bringing government authorities and institutions cooperatively together has created the potential for turning a blighted area into a valuable community asset. With an emphasis on participatory design, the project is focussed on providing for a diversity of users to interact in a series of the landscaped spaces transforming historic industrial infrastructure into contemporary social infrastructure.

Artist's impression looking from 'The Goods Green' to Devonshire Street Tunnel
Above: Artist's impression looking from 'The Goods Green' to Devonshire Street Tunnel / Part of The Goods Line South Precinct.
Illustrative plan, left, and perspective view, right, of The Goods Line South Precinct
Above: Illustrative plan, left, and perspective view, right, of The Goods Line South Precinct.
Artist's impression of 'The Transformer'
Above: Artist's impression of 'The Transformer' / Part of The Goods Line North Precinct.
Illustrative plan, left, and perspective view, right, of The Goods Line North Precinct
Above: Illustrative plan, left, and perspective view, right, of The Goods Line North Precinct.

More about the Australia Award for Urban Design

The Australia Award for Urban Design was established to recognise recent urban design projects of high quality in Australia and to encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements of all sizes to strive for similar improvement. It acknowledges the critical role of good urban design in the development of our cities and towns.

The Award is hosted by the Planning Institute of Australia, with support from the Australian Institute of Architects, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Green Building Council of Australia, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and the Urban Design Forum.

Nominations are being accepted until Thursday 30 July, 2015, with judging to take place in August and the award event to be held in September. Further information is available from the Planning Institute of Australia website at <http://www.planning.org.au/awards/australia-award-for-urban-design-2>.

Images: Artist's impressions of The Goods Line / Supplied / Used with permission.

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