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Supporting liveability in Sydney’s western city

Sydney Science Park is a new 280 hectare mixed use development in Western Sydney. The development will be home to over 10,000 residents. The vision for Sydney Science Park is focused on liveability and lifestyle.

While working at McGregor Coxall with Anna Thompson, David Knights led the development of the riparian corridor and sustainable water management strategy for the 280 hectare site. A key part of the strategy was to enhance liveability by simple low cost ways to retain water on site, to assist in cooler local microclimates and to maximise the effectiveness of cooling breezes. Water is retained on key boulevards within the development and passive irrigation of streetscape vegetation was assessed.

A large part of the development is its riparian corridor. David led the development of a multipurpose riparian corridor which included restoring the degraded creeklines, re-vegetating the riparian zone, retaining water in the riparian zone through the inclusion of large ephemeral wetlands, and creating an active urban edge with passive and active recreation opportunities.

Scope

Sustainable water strategy / Riparian Corridor / Urban Heat / Urban ecology

Phases

Feasibility / Concept Design

Client

Celestino