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    New South Wales public spaces championed for ground-breaking designs

    Sydney’s highly anticipated Barangaroo Reserve and a world-class plan for Parramatta City River, were two of 20 landscape architecture projects and professionals being recognised for outstanding innovation and design at this year’s Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) New South Wales Awards on Friday 11th September.

    “We were struck by how transformational and challenging the entries were!” said awards chair jury, Julie Marler.

    “NSW is being championed by beautiful landscapes that enhance living and working environments,contribute to the social energy of the city and communicate our cultural heritage”.

    McGregor Coxall, in partnership with Parramatta City Council, is being awarded the prestigious New South Wales 2015 Medal for Landscape Architecture, for their bold vision to revitalise the city foreshore of the Parramatta City River into a vibrant public space.

    The compelling and innovative strategy reactivates the river corridor, connecting it to the city centre through open spaces, access ways and structured quarters.

    The recently revealed Barangaroo Reserve will also accept its first official accolade, with Peter Walker and Partners, Johnson Pilton Walker, Stuart Pittendrigh, Ron Powell and Tract Consultants receiving the NSW President’s Choice Award for their collaborative and sustainable approach to the new oasis.

    Honouring the natural landscape and materials, including Sydney’s famous sandstone, the team have transformed the space to immerse visitors in the heart of Sydney harbour with a visual, emotional and historic connection to the reserves and headlands.

    The world-class Wylde Mountain Bike Trail – a collaborative project between Group GSA and Western Sydney Parklands Trust – was voted as the best addition to NSW’s landscape in the 2015 Premier’s People’s Choice Award in Landscape Architecture.

    Other standout projects awarded include ASPECT Studios for their Alumni Green enlivening Sydney’s University of Technology and HASSELL for their redevelopment of both Darling Harbour and Sydney’s light rail. Sydney’s surrounding suburbs and regions are also home to award-winning projects, including the Sutherland Shire Council Design Services’ Cronulla Esplanade and Seawall upgrade.

    The awards also recognised the profession’s future leaders, with Alexander Georgouras from Spackman Mossop Micheals Studio receiving the state’s Graduate accolade, and University of New South Wales Landscape Architecture student Allison Sainty receiving first prize in the Future Leaders Student Award.

    The full list of categories and award recipients for the 2015 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Awards are as follows:

    Future Leaders Student Award
    1st Prize – Allison Sainty
    2nd Prize - Brinlee Pickering

    AILA NSW 2015 Medal for Landscape Architecture
    McGregor Coxall in partnership with Parramatta City Council for The Parramatta City River Strategy 

    Award for NSW President’s Choice in Landscape Architecture
    Peter Walker and Partners, Johnson Pilton Walker, Stuart Pittendrigh, Ron Powell and Tract Consultants for Sydney’s Barangaroo Reserve

    Baragaroo-Reserve.JPG

    2015 Premier’s People’s Choice Award in Landscape Architecture
    GroupGSA in collaboration with Western Sydney Parklands Trust for the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail

    Award for NSW Public Practice in Landscape Architecture: Sutherland Shire Council – Design Services for Where the Shire meets the Sea; the Cronulla Esplanade and Seawall upgradeSutherland-Shire-Council.jpg

    Award for Residential Designed Landscapes: Stuart Noble Associates for Quay ApartmentsStuart-Noble-for-Quay-Apartments.JPG

    Future Leaders Award – AILA NSW Graduate Landscape Architect
    Alexander Georgouras from Spackman Mossop Micheals Studio

    Award for Excellence in Planning in Landscape Architecture: NSW Government Architects Office for The Sydney Green Grid Sydney-Green-Grid_Vision-for-Sydneys-Open-Space.jpg

    Award for Planning in Landscape Architecture: Corkery Consulting for Rhodes Peninsula Open Space Master Plan & Plan of Management

    Award for Urban Design in Landscape Architecture: HASSELL for the Sydney Light Rail

    Award for Urban Design in Landscape Architecture
    KI Studio for Nepean River Green Bridge, Penrith-Concept Design VisionKI-Studio-Nepean-River-Green-Bridge.jpg

    Award for Urban Design in Landscape Architecture: HASSELL for the Darling Harbour PrecinctDarlingHarbourPrecinct_HASSELL.jpg

    Award for Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture
    Christine Hay for The Governor’s Gift, Phillip’s Landscape Vision Research Paper

    Award for Research and Communication in Landscape Architecture
    NSW Government Architects Office Landscape and Urban Design Group for Urban Green Cover in NSW Technical Guidelines

    Award for Design Excellence in Landscape Architecture: ASPECT Studios for the UTS Alumni Green. Photography by Florian Groehn1_UTS-Alumni-Green_ASPECT-Studios_FLORIAN-GROEHN.jpg

    Award for Design in Landscape Architecture
    GroupGSA in collaboration with Western Sydney Parklands Trust for the Wylde Mountain Bike Trail

    Award for Design in Landscape Architecture: KI Studio for the Glenfield to Leppington-Integrated Art and Heritage StrategyKI1.jpg

    Awards for Design in Landscape Architecture
    Stuart Noble Associates for Edmondson Park

    Award for Design in Landscape Architecture: Tract Consultants for Garangula GalleryTract-Consultants-for-Garangula-Gallery.jpg

    Award for Design in Landscape Architecture: Jeppe Aagaard Andersen and Turf Design Studio for Chippendale GreenJeppe-Aaraard-Andersen-for-Chippendale.jpg

    Images: Supplied

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