News / October 2018
Friday 12 October 2018
Optus Stadium Park receives top accolades at the AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards

Optus Stadium Park in Perth, Western Australia received two Awards of Excellence at the 2018 National Landscape Architecture Awards held by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) at the Gold Coast on Thursday 11 October.

The Stadium Park designed by HASSELL, took out the top awards in both the Urban Design and Play Spaces categories, with AILA recognising the project’s valuable contributions to Perth’s urban landscape and the health and wellbeing of its community.

“The awarded projects are sensitive, thoughtful and ambitious responses to repairing and improving our Australian landscapes,” said AILA’s National Awards jury chair, Sara Kjaersgaard. “This is of critical importance at a time of increasing urbanisation and climate change.”

Stadium Park, on Perth’s Burswood Peninsula, is home to the city’s new Optus Stadium. The 41-hectare precinct provides an engaging waterside environment for the world-class sports and entertainment venue, as well as an impressive array of casual recreational facilities for the community and visitors to enjoy year-round.

A major attraction within the precinct is Chevron Parkland, a 2.6-hectare nature-play space that’s designed to engage children and families with the natural environment and connect them with the site’s indigenous cultural heritage. Significantly, the Stadium Park development has rehabilitated this prominent site on the eastern foreshore of the Swan River – once a waste ground of the city – to provide a collection of scenic promenades, cycle paths, and flexible event, play and picnic spaces that are filled with landmark public artworks and connected to the city’s new public transport links.

“Opportunities to work on projects of this scale and importance to a city are rare. So to receive recognition from our industry, acknowledging the success of Optus Stadium Park and the hard work of our design team, our project partners, and our talented collaborators from the Whadjuk indigenous community, is wonderful and very satisfying,” says Anthony Brookfield, Principal.

“Transforming the stadium precinct foreshore into an inclusive, multi-generational, recreation destination for Perth was an exciting place-making opportunity for HASSELL – a chance to create a uniquely Western Australian place for the people,” he said.

Photography by Peter Bennetts / Robert Frith

 
Monday 8 October 2018
The State Library of NSW opens to the public

Following a master plan development for the future of the State Library of NSW, the HASSELL designed Mitchell Building refurbishment and Michael Crouch Family Galleries have opened to the public.

The master plan has a primary focus of upgrading the Level 1 Western Gallery, major demolition of redundant storage spaces and mezzanine levels to make way for newly created galleries, new amenities for public visitors and staff, as well as Disability Discrimination Act and accessibility upgrades throughout five levels of the heritage Mitchell Building.

HASSELL Senior Architect Jacqueline Bokor said it is rare to work on projects of this level of cultural significance and seeing people experience the changes is what design is all about.

“This project was all about reinvigorating a cultural icon in the heart of the Sydney CBD and returning over 1,500sqm of previously inaccessible and newly refurbished space back to the public,” Jacqueline said.

“At HASSELL we are all about designing places people love, and it was evident at the public open day that revealing and reinterpreting the history of the Mitchell Building has helped continually grow this love for the State Library of NSW.” she said.

To support the growing visitor population to the Library and provide for world-class exhibitions, the existing Mitchell Building has undergone a major reconfiguration of the building circulation and access.

The new circulation elements, extending from the sub-basement level up to the accessible roof level, were designed to reconnect and reinvigorate the Mitchell Building interiors.

A key element of the reconfiguration is the addition of new functional and legible vertical and horizontal circulation to serve the public spaces and operational requirements for the library and exhibition staff. The upgrade includes new goods and passengers lifts, a new major public staircase, and a review and replanning of Building Code and Disability Discrimination Act compliance including the Fire Compartmentation Strategy, modifications for existing fire stairs, and various other upgrades in the building.

“The heritage of the building meant that work was required to maintain its ability to manage the flow of guests and staff. This posed both challenging and exciting opportunities, in particular the new staircase that acts as a feature element but also practically assisting in way finding for the public facilities distributed throughout the Mitchell Building.” Jacqueline said.

As hosts of significant travelling international and local exhibition content, the State Library of NSW Mitchell Galleries were a key focus of the Mitchell Refurbishment Project. Previously store rooms and offices, the new Michael Crouch Family Galleries provides universally flexible and adaptable exhibition spaces, doubling the current public exhibition area for the State Library of NSW.

HASSELL has also been involved in a number of other projects for the Library, including the recent refurbishment of the heritage Dixson Wing, designing and constructing the Sir William Dixson Research Library, Fellows Room and Collection store.

Images: Guy Wilkinson Photography

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Friday 5 October 2018
Mark Wolfe to chair and present at Aerotropolis World Summit 2018

HASSELL Principal Mark Wolfe has been appointed Chairperson, of the Aerotropolis World Summit 2018.

Hosted in Singapore from 9 - 12 October, Aerotropolis World Summit 2018 aims to gather the world’s leaders and decision makers across key stakeholders of aerotropolis projects, including urban development authorities/ministries, airport operators, project developers and investors.

With a varied program of global speakers, the event offers over 18 international case studies, four separately organised workshops, various roundtables and networking opportunities which enables participants to maximise effectiveness in planning and developing airport city projects.

As Chairperson of the summit, Mark will address participants and speakers each day, moderate panel discussions and present a session titled ‘Sustainable Aerotropolis – Putting people at the centre of your design strategy’.

The 2018 summit will focus on the process involved in conceptualising and planning a socio-economically sustainable aerotropolis and implementing its construction activities and business models, and the numerous challenges this entails.

Among such challenges, major questions include socio-economic analysis and expectation; considerations on suitable economic development models; right-of-way and land acquisition; effective land-use planning and space optimisation; investment management and financing models; properties leasing and zone planning; environmental and aeronautical regulatory requirements; effective transport infrastructure modelling and development.

Mark said the focus of the summit is particularly topical with major aerotropolis projects currently in progress across the globe.

“With major projects currently in the works across the globe, including Changi T5, Western Sydney Airport and London Heathrow’s expansion, it's the perfect time to be discussing the socio-economic impact these projects can have on a location and surrounding populations,” Mark said.

“I’m also honoured to be invited as Chairperson for the conference; it’s rare that opportunities like this arise where you are able to network with and be surrounded by peers from all across the aviation sector.” he said.

Read more about the summit here.

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