Latitude/Longitude: -33.6905, 150.926
In towns and cities, public space has traditionally served as a meeting place, marketplace and traffic way. Enjoyable towns and cities find a comfortable balance between these three demands, without forfeiting their links with the natural world. The starting point for the design of Rouse Hill Town Centre was a desire to achieve this balance, responding at the same time to the climatic environment of Rouse Hill, and the principles of ecologically sustainable design.
Rouse Hill Town Centre, sits at the heart of the 120-hectare New Rouse Hill site in northwest Sydney, which has been identified by the state government as a major corridor for Sydney’s expansion and will account for 20 per cent of the city’s population growth. The New Rouse Hill is a joint venture project between GPT and Lend Lease, and was developed within the context of a masterplan prepared by Civitas Urban Design and Planning in partnership with the NSW Department of Planning and Landcom.
The GPT Group is the developer, owner and manager of the $470 million Rouse Hill Town Centre, which has all the facilities of a small town, including a shopping-centre precinct, commercial space, a nine-screen cinema complex, education, library and community facilities, a health and medical centre, and good transport links. The design of Rouse Hill Town Centre was delivered by a consortium of three architectural firms – Rice Daubney, Allen Jack+Cottier and Group GSA.
Contributed by Allen Jack+Cottier
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