"...creating a new, sustainable community on Sydney's fringe is a daunting prospect when most of our efforts are being directed towards urban consolidation..."
Lippmann Partnership were commissioned to prepare a masterplan and Stage 1 design submission
for a 78 acre site near Oran Park in Sydney’s western region. Although the precinct was being
managed by Landcom, it was a privately owned rural land holding intended for release as residential
individual allotments over a staged period of time. An analysis of the State Government’s Metro
Strategy established the fact that this area is isolated from the main urban growth centres of
Fairfield, Liverpool and Parramatta. In order to attract new residents for the initial development, a
recreational theme was proposed, sufficiently bold to attract patrons within a wide radius. As the
precinct further expands with residential development, this first stage is to be absorbed into the
Town Centre complete with commercial, retail and other public functions. The scheme incorporates
re-landscaped wetlands, green passive and active space complemented by a skate park, sports hall
and aquatic centre, a car museum, cafe and Landcom Land Sales Office. The complex was proposed
to be housed under a large flexible lightweight roof providing shade and passive cooling in summer.
The functions are accommodated within this structure with future change easily adapted for new
functions and community requirements. The Community Centre provides bridge links to future retail
developments across the main roads while a tower easily identifies the entry, being visible from a