Bingara Gorge by Lend Lease
When it is complete in 2020, Bingara Gorge will deliver up to 1800 lots among scenic surrounds and the latest in lifestyle, leisure and sustainable living. This project comprises lots that range from 250m2 to 4000m2, 280ha of open space and protected bushland; an 18-hole golf course and a leisure centre. Further highlights include cafes and restaurants; a function centre, shopping precinct, a childcare centre and primary school. Also a clear leader in environmental sustainability practices, Bingara Gorge connects people with places and nature. Leading the way in environmental sustainability, Bingara Gorge homes use 50 per cent less potable water than standard homes through an advanced Water Cycle Management Strategy that collects and recycles water on-site for use in the community.
As a Community Scheme development, Bingara Gorge land owners have peace of mind that their natural and built environment is cared for today and into the future. They have freehold title over their individual lots and membership into the Community Association, which owns and manages shared facilities, spaces and services including a range of community interest groups, 24/7 on-site security and activation of the Environmental Trust bushland. Lend Lease invests one per cent of all revenue from land sales into the Environmental Trust bushland and plans for future walking paths, cycling trails and barbecue facilities.
Located at the junction of the M5 and the Wollongong Picton Road, some of Bingara Gorge’s customers drop in from the sky. This master-planned community evolved through early difficult times to become a sought-after community lifestyle estate.
Bingara Gorge has reached a critical mass which will ensure continuing sales as the current crazy market settles. The golf course and clubhouse are now completed and operating, and there will be a later stage expansion to the clubhouse.
The project cleverly opens with high quality housing leading to community uses and shops. The judges were pleased to see the development extending along the ridges with the gullies retained as bushland that includes walking trails to the Nepean River.
University Drive, Campbelltown, NSW 2560
Macarthur Heights is located adjacent to the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Campbelltown. Positioned on steep land unsuited to the academic campus, this project comprises a residential estate of about 850 lots within the Macarthur Regional Centre. It demonstrates best practice in transit-oriented development and aims to create better connections between the campus, TAFE and the Macarthur train station. Planned amenities include new sports and lake precincts, pedestrian and bike paths, and a lead-in boulevard. The open spaces are designed to provide views across the district suburbs to the south from raised viewing platforms. The observatories, maintained by UWS were relocated to University Park. In their former location, they have been replaced by custom pieces of public art and child play equipment that celebrate and reinforce an astronomical theme. The theme is further strengthened through local street names. On top of that, the triple bottom line approach of UrbanGrowth NSW ensured an integration and interface between green corridors and residential dwellings. Macarthur Heights’ ‘connected living’ enhances access between stages and the green corridors through its accommodating design and network of walkways and cycle routes.
Macarthur Heights is the last major development of the Macarthur Regional Centre. It is located on quite steep land adjacent to the University of Western (UWS) Sydney Macarthur Campus.
The judges were impressed with the way the site planning dealt with the slope. A great deal of consideration was given to site engineering to ensure that 60 per cent of lots could accommodate slab-on-ground construction
There are two memorable features of this development. The first is the public art work, which have an astronomical theme, celebrating the UWS observatory on the site. The second is the system of linear parks, which form the boundaries of the neighbourhoods, protect the prominent hillsides and create riparian corridors.
This project is only in its early stages however the basic quality of the design and the efforts being made to integrate with the University certainly make it one to watch.