The award is a tremendous testament to the Mirvac brand and the many years of hard work it took to create Harold Park.
Harold Park has emerged as a great place not only to live and work but to build community. The clever design strengthening past-future links and connects new residents with established neighbours. This has produced a more liveable, social approach to medium-density which resolves traditional Inner West values through sustainable and visionary planning, architectural innovation, and quality construction.
Along with supplying high-quality housing, Harold Park has dedicated an unprecedented 3.8 hectares of land to City of Sydney for public parkland. This connects into existing parks to create a 20-hectare continuous green corridor to the harbour foreshore, improving habitat for inner-city residents.
The success of the multi-staged development is testament to the strength of Mirvac’s all-under-one-roof knowledge paired with outstanding collaborative practices. A comprehensive site masterplan and planning control process was established through City of Sydney, Mirvac Design, HASSELL and Aspect Studios.
To reflect and add to the richly layered fabric so beloved in the Inner West, the site was portioned into precincts and seven distinct architectural solutions were conceived via a collaborative approach. Mirvac Design worked together with SJB (for the ‘Eden’ building), Eeles Trelease (for ‘Maestro’), Smart Design Studio (for ‘Maxwell Place’), and PTW (for ‘Vance’).
A conservation management plan was developed to retain and enhance the cultural significance of the heritage tram depot buildings. Innovative adaptive reuse has protected these assets, allowing for site history to be interpreted to the public into the future while enlivening the heart of Harold Park with unique character and vibrant village atmosphere.
Harold Park is now a place that so many people enjoy, whether it be to call home, to come and dine at Tramsheds or to play at the park, it has really created a vibrant community.