Macarthur Heights Residential Estate Macarthur Heights Residential Estate

MACARTHUR HEIGHTS RESIDENTIAL ESTATE

Campbelltown, NSW

CLOUSTON was commissioned to develop and implement all of the open space and streetscapes for this 850-lot residential development on surplus lands adjacent to the Campbelltown campus of Western Sydney University.

As part of the project, CLOUSTON produced a series of strategic design manuals covering landscape, public art, placemaking, maintenance, interpretation, wayfinding, street tree procurement and a vegetation management plan. The project is currently under a staged development program with various areas at DA and others into the final stages of construction and handover.

Highlights include:

Stellar Park – The design of this linear park along a high point in the campus utilises the difficult topography by providing a series of lawn terraces that offer elevated views across the surrounding suburbs and various amenities. A large sandstone block retaining wall and grand staircase overlook the astronomically themed play area with its integrated public art.

Public Art – CLOUSTON collaborated closely with artist Khaled Sabsabi to incorporate his astronomically themed piece Gates of Light as part of a placemaking strategy that links university research with the landscape and community.

Brian Schmidt Park – Relocating the university-maintained observatories into the linear park design, CLOUSTON worked with the university to ensure that the new home for these scientific facilities met strict criteria while adding an element of intrigue and excitement within the park.

Sports Fields – This new active recreation facility features a multi-use oval with warm-up track that can provide a single field for AFL, two full-sized fields for rugby league/union or soccer, and two cricket pitches. In addition are an athletics track for use by local schools, a training field and combined amenities building.

Client: UrbanGrowth NSW and Western Sydney University
Services: Landscape, public art and placemaking strategy, landscape concept, public domain design and management manuals, development application, construction certificate, tender and advice during construction
Estimate Landscape Value: $28 million
Date: 2012 – ongoing

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