In 2014 the Studio GL team were elated that the City of Canada Bay had won a PIA Award in the category of Best Planning Ideas – Small Projects for The Five Dock Urban Design Study . This award recognises the tools of the trade – the key outputs of the planning world – planning documents, reports, schemes, policies or projects that advance current planning practice. The project had been undertaken by Studio GL working in conjunction with Arup and HillPDA. Here is what the award citation had to say about the study:
“This excellent study for a local centre demonstrated a strong commitment to making it happen, with clear and concrete recommendations, supported by background evidence that included thorough community participation. The suite of recommendations creates a holistic revitalisation plan that improves connectivity, the public domain, as well as activity.
Unlike many studies, the improvements recommended here are significant, tangible, and achievable – increasing the core area from 300 to 750 metres, increasing crossings by 40%, 120 new street trees, quadrupling the amount of public open space, and adding 300 dwellings in the centre. This was combined with good economics and an evidence based approach.
The maps and graphics in the report are clear and communicate ideas and recommendations effectively. The report is split into two parts, recommendations and background evidence. In this way the recommendations are contained in a short concise format and the evidence can be referenced separately as required.
All recommendations can be implemented in a simple and practical way. The strategies and methodology employed here can be replicated in other neighbourhoods or small town centres across Australia. The study is an excellent example of how good planning can support design excellence in the public domain, potentially transforming a significant area into a highly welcoming space.”