Awarded AILA NSW 2019 Landscape Architecture Award in the Small Project Category.
Jury Citation: “The jury commends the project for its skilful handling of a complex set of site issues and balancing of the diversity of stakeholder needs and desires. Sydney Street Shops demonstrates how small, well-considered and carefully executed design interventions can have significant outcomes.
The project introduces a series of small interventions into the sidewalk that creatively tackle drainage, circulation, urban heat island effect issues while enhancing the area’s local character”.
Penrith City Council engaged Sprout to design the upgrade for an ageing local suburban shopping strip in St Marys. The scope included concept to construction documentation followed by construction phase services working with Co-Ordinated Landscapes to deliver this small public domain project.
The project, Sydney Street Shops forms part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Program which seeks to enhance the livability of local neighbourhoods within the LGA.
Sprout established a suite of simple yet engaging design interventions to improve the amenity of the strip and in part establish a unique identity appealing to local residents and passing traffic. An overriding objective was to retain the established suburban charm inherent within the existing built fabric.
Key to the projects success was an extensive consultation process led by JOC Consulting. Sprout led the co-design process involving local business owners and other key stakeholders. In a response to the limited construction budget, variety of stakeholder needs and numerous complex site issues, the design relies upon multifunctional, adaptable furniture elements, designed to be manufactured locally, coupled with tree planting to provide a cooler, engaging and functional public domain.