Hatch RobertsDay wins 2021 Australian Urban Design Award

City square project praise for “changing the game regarding the use of urban spaces”

October 28, 2021

Goyder Square News Article

Sydney, Australia—Hatch Roberts Day, in partnership with Turf Design Studio, has received a 2021 Australian Urban Design Award in the category of Build project—city and regional scale for the Goyder Square, Palmerston project.

The Australian Urban Design Awards recognize contemporary Australian urban design of the highest quality and aim to encourage innovation in the built environment across cities, towns and communities. They are co-convened by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

Palmertson, a satellite city of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, had an ambitious vision to transform the city centre from a car-centric city to a multipurpose space for everyone. At the centre of this new space was Goyder Square, which was designed to include a public square, a multipurpose stage, wi-fi, an outdoor library, children’s playground, and more. The project has been a tremendous success, rejuvenating the square, leading to economic growth and a livable city.

“The site’s cost-effective transformation is a model for many other towns that have at their centre a dead zone of car parking and asphalt. This project affirms that, with community input and courage from local government and business, good urban design has the ability to transform lost, soulless spaces into attractive, green places that prioritize people and revitalize the local economy,” the jury noted.

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Learn more about how we’re advancing the planning, design, and development of urban environments by visiting www.robertsday.com.au.