Green Square, New South Wales

Green Square is an inner-southern locality of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The locale is at a five-way intersection where the four suburbs of Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo and Beaconsfield meet. The precincts are linked by Ebsworth Street, Sydney's first new high street in a century, and Zetland Avenue west, a new tree-lined boulevard inspired by avenues in Manhattan with a long row of aligned traffic lights.

The Green Square Town Centre is undergoing one of the largest urban renewal projects undertaken in Australia. The urban renewal project, spanning 278 hectares, has received criticism for projections that its population will peak at around 60,000 residents and 21,000 workers by 2030.

However, this level of population density would not rank in the top 200 densely populated districts in the world. At 21,500 residents per square kilometre in the year 2030, Green Square's population density would be approximately one-third ...Read more

Green Square is an inner-southern locality of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The locale is at a five-way intersection where the four suburbs of Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo and Beaconsfield meet. The precincts are linked by Ebsworth Street, Sydney's first new high street in a century, and Zetland Avenue west, a new tree-lined boulevard inspired by avenues in Manhattan with a long row of aligned traffic lights.

The Green Square Town Centre is undergoing one of the largest urban renewal projects undertaken in Australia. The urban renewal project, spanning 278 hectares, has received criticism for projections that its population will peak at around 60,000 residents and 21,000 workers by 2030.

However, this level of population density would not rank in the top 200 densely populated districts in the world. At 21,500 residents per square kilometre in the year 2030, Green Square's population density would be approximately one-third of Yorkville on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at over 60,000 residents per square kilometre, one-half of the Roquette district in Paris at over 40,000 residents per square kilometre, and in line with Tribeca or Midtown Manhattan at approximately 20,000 residents per square kilometre.

History

Green Square takes its name from the small park formerly at the junction of Bourke Road, Botany Road and O'Riordan Street. The park was named in 1938 to honour Frederick Green, Labor MP for Redfern and a tireless promoter of local industry and jobs who was a mayor of Alexandria.[1]

Town centre

Green Square town centre has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star from Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), because it reached a high standard of governance, liveability, economic prosperity, environment and innovation.[2]

In December 2007, construction work began on the Green Square town centre at the intersection of Botany Road, O'Riordan and Bourke Streets, with the demolition of the Waterloo Incinerator on the site.[3] However the project moved slowly over the next few years. But in March 2012, the project entered a new phase. The Government announced that the dilapidated Joynton Smith building at the old Royal South Sydney Hospital site had been torn down to kick start the A$8 billion project. Once the demolition phase was completed (including the demolition of a number of existing buildings) work started on community infrastructure, including; a library and plaza, a community shed, a community creative centre with artists' studios and workshops and a park. The creative centre was completed in May 2018[4] and the library and plaza were opened in September 2018.[5]

In 2001, Landcom held an international planning competition to select a design for the Town Centre at Green Square. The team of Arets, Turner and McGregor won the competition in 2001 to masterplan the project. An LEP was subsequently prepared based on the competition winning design. In 2011 amendments to the LEP were drafted to suit the requirements of Leighton/Mirvac/Landcom who sought to increase the amount of development allowed. The amended LEP approved by the City of Sydney in 2012 included additional development height and bulk whilst increasing the amount of retail and commercial space. A new library and plaza was planned to be located near the Green Square railway station as part of the area's commercial and retail hub. The new Green Square library and Plaza will be officially opened by the Mayor of Sydney on Saturday, 27 October 2018.[6]

Public plazas and park

In 2007 the City of Sydney and Landcom engaged in an extensive community consultation with local residents to develop plans for two public plazas: an urban stream and a local park in the town centre. The designs prepared by McGregor Coxall and a large consultant team were well received by the community and a Development Application was approved by the City of Sydney in 2009. The design won a planning award from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects in 2009.

Library and plaza

In June 2012 another international design competition was launched for a $25 million library and the redesign of the approved $15 million plaza by the council. Five shortlisted architects were chosen by the jury to submit more detailed designs and in February 2013, the winning architect Stewart Hollenstein, in association with Colin Stewart Architects, was announced.[7]

^ The City Residents Guide 2006, City of Sydney ^ "Green Square". City of Sydney. Retrieved 16 November 2021. ^ Frew, W. Blowing Waterloo's stack for Green Square. Sydney Morning Herald, 1 January 2008. ^ "Green Square's new cultural centre comes to life | City of Sydney - News". Retrieved 11 October 2018. ^ "Green Square Library and Plaza opened". City Of Sydney. ^ "Green Square Library and Plaza launch | What's On - City of Sydney". What's On - City of Sydney. Retrieved 11 October 2018. ^ "Architects go underground to come up with a winner". The Sydney Morning Herald.
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