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Strategic Centres

Studio GL, working with HillPDA, were engaged by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment to assess the viability and future strategic development of sixteen of Sydney’s strategic centres and consider the opportunities and the barriers to economic growth for each centre.

Studio GL generated analysis diagrams that identified the key urban design characteristics of the centres, including the barriers to access and movement and the location of key land uses. We also attended half-day workshops with HillPDA to identify the spatial characteristics, to brainstorm the characteristics of successful centres and to identify opportunities for short-term wins as well as the potential game changers.

Inspired by this project Diana Griffiths wrote an article with Elle Clouston from HillPDA for the New Planner (September 2015) titled “Successful centres: protecting Sydney’s long-term productivity” which can be viewed online at:


Client: NSW Department of Planning & Environment


Project date: 2015


Services: Strategic Thinking & Planning, Research, Transport Urban Design


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