Fairwater by Frasers Property Australia
Fairwater is a new 950-dwelling masterplanned community less than 1km from Blacktown CBD that will be developed between 2014 and 2020. The masterplanning and vision for Fairwater is to create a vibrant, diverse community that is connected to nature and the surrounding residential areas, and that will make a positive contribution to the future of Blacktown. Fairwater is one of the country’s most progressive environmentally friendly developments, achieving New South Wales’ first 6-star Green Star – Communities rating, representing World Leadership, one of only a handful of projects to achieve this result nationally.
Underpinning the Fairwater design is a walkable neighbourhood structure with a village green at the centre and defined edges. The walkable
neighbourhood structure is based on a five minute walking (400m) and cycling radius (1.6km) which represents the journey that most people are prepared to make before choosing to drive. Walking and cycling is further encouraged by creating points of interest at critical intervals along the pedestrian and cycling connections.
The open space system at Fairwater has not been designed in isolation but as an organisational framework for the integration of the site’s hydrological systems and retained trees. The primary open space system at Fairwater is comprised of the entry green, the linear channel green, western riparian wetlands, central park and Breakfast Creek Parklands.
Fairwater is designed as a ‘transit ready’ community. The neighbourhood structure, density of development and thoroughfare network is planned to support a future bus service along the main avenue linking into Crudge and Richmond Roads and existing bus routes. A pedestrian green link connects the central park east toward the railway to facilitate connections to existing and future rail.
Fairwater has been designed as a sustainable urban, landscape and built form solution with activation of ground level and equitable access paramount. Distribution of density and building typologies has been determined based on interfaces to open space, retained trees, earthworks, hydrology, the railway line, existing development key circulation and potential bus routes.
Fairwater excels in this category because of its exceptional attention to detail. The mature trees, which once lined the fairways of the former golf course, have been used as the strong organising element in the structure of the neighbourhood. A well designed and executed sales office and community hub sits next to a large lake and village green, and provides an inviting introduction to the development.
The estate design is based on a walkable neighbourhood complemented by age-specific play areas, a learn-to-ride bike park, pramways, outdoor living rooms, nature walks and exercise stations. The project pays a great deal of attention to ESD and is the first 6-star Green Star residential project in NSW. The recognition of the local market and the provision of a broad range of product, together with the quality execution, have resulted in an exceptional project.