Sydney’s CBD and surrounding suburbs have become unaffordable for many families but there are still options available with new developments booming in south-west Sydney.
One of the latest of the bunch is Ed Square at Edmonson Park, promising a connected urban village with an inner-city edge, ready for residents in 2019.
The developer, Frasers Property, said Ed. Square is expected to be a game changer, boasting 24-hectares and conveniently located adjacent to Edmondson Park train station.
It will include a total of 1882 dwellings - apartments and townhouses, as well as 45,000 metres of retail and commercial space and over six hectares of open green space.
Construction is expected to take seven years, but it will introduce 2500 jobs during this process and 1000 ongoing jobs.
General manager Nigel Edgar said they have worked hand-in-hand with top architectural firms – HDR, GroupGSA and and HASSELL, to introduce world class facilities and unrivaled design to the area.
“Ed.Square is the vision of the new Australian dream, providing choice while maintaining urban connections, as residents will live within walking distance of everything they deserve – transport, amenity, cafes and restaurants, entertainment, open spaces, parks and their own vibrant town square,” he said.
HASSELL principal David Tickle said many factors were to taken into account with the masterplan.
“There is a main street that provides a connection to the station as well as to the retail, commercial and community uses, which people can access easily and enjoy. There will be more life, more buzz, not just in the daytime, but on evenings and weekends,” Mr Tickle said.
Frasers Property development director Warwick Dowler outlined some highlights:
“There is definitely a need for a vibrant, nightlife scene in south-west Sydney. Our focus group research highlighted the Edmondson Park community view that they currently have to go into the Sydney CBD or to Liverpool CBD for a night out.
“Ed.Square has been thoughtfully designed to have everything within walking distance from home, which is rare these days. The design also caters for all stages of life, from young couples, multigenerational families and downsizers.
“The inner-city vibe of the town square will be active day and night, with locals able to dine out at an Eat Street restaurant or café and take in a movie at the cinema complex. We have incorporated play elements throughout the town square and Eat Street, so families can also enjoy a meal out while the kids play all within view.
“There will be live music in the town square, with a licenced tavern, creating a healthy, social scene where locals can mix and mingle day and night.
“Frasers Property has responded to the community’s needs by creating Ed.Square - a neighbourhood that brings together an inner-city aesthetic while capturing the feeling of an urban village.”
“Responding to the climate has been a major consideration in the urban design of Ed.Square. The town square design incorporates trees with large, leafy canopies to provide shade and shelter from the sun, while the water play areas help with cooling.
“Parks and water play areas will be featured throughout the development and streets will be lined with both native and exotic species with large canopy cover for shade protection. The design meets the needs of the changing climate so that residents can continue to engage in a number of varied activities all year round.”
Residents will also have access to closed-off swimming pools.
“Ed.Square will be a sustainable community where every home and business benefits from a 6 Star Green Star Community Rating.
“A holistic sustainability approach will be taken from the outset, utilising environmentally friendly construction methods and a focus on waste minimisation, to the creation of a renewable energy generation system for businesses and residents.
“More than six hectares of green open space will bring the character of the existing bushland and regional parklands surrounding the community into the town centre with cross-community links joining the regional parklands to the east and west of Ed.Square. The community’s relationship to the landscape was important to us and the design cleverly reflects this connection.”
A summary of sustainability features:
- 6 Star Green Star Communities Rating.
- 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built for all residential flat buildings.
- 6 Star Green Star Design and As-built for the retail centre.
- Over 2.5MW of solar panels installed on the site.
- At least 10 car share spaces.
- 20x Electric Vehicle provided for the RFBs and Resi precincts have upgraded electrical infrastructure.
- Urban cooling strategies in the development include solar panels to cover roof of the retail centre, inclusion of a water play spaces, increased tree canopy, high albedo roofs for the medium density developments.
- Dedicated cycleways and walking paths.
- Dual reticulation for retail and residential toilets, irrigation to use non-potable water.
- Geothermal to Residential Precincts.