Located in Lewisham, one of Sydneys oldest suburbs, the Hudson Street Park Precinct is a defining new space in the Inner West. Hudson Street Park is surrounded by a diverse mixed-use development, Luna, which is strategically located adjacent to a major light-rail stop, creating a bustling and well-connected precinct.
Working closely with the local council and the Department of Transport, Arcadia recognised the opportunity for the park to act as a cultural reflection of Lewishams progressive community, a diverse place where the design provides an engaging, positive, healthy environment in which people commute, live, play, learn and exercise.
With many differentiating factors, including age, level of ability and cultural background, contributing to the diversity of the Lewisham community, Arcadia designed a park that could be used by all age groups and status singles, families with young children, teenagers, young adults and older people.
The rich site history provided opportunities for interpretation, as historical narrative subconsciously and consciously informs users of the historical nature of the community.
The rich site history provided opportunities for interpretation, as historical narrative subconsciously and consciously informs users of the historical nature of the community. Bespoke elements have been included, such as the shade canopies which reflect the establishment of the Lewisham Whipple Truss Bridge, and the table tennis design which is a celebration of Lewishams identity with a contemporary design featuring the postcode - 2049. The site falls in a low point for the surrounding area and often floods, so Arcadia worked closely with Enstruct to integrate a drainage and WSUD strategy. A series of raingardens and infiltration basins are positioned throughout the public park, expressing the process of stormwater treatment in an aesthetic framework, while highlighting an important ecological process in a visually pleasing and engaging way.Local endemic plants have created lush native planting and have been used throughout the site to establish strong links to the sites original ecological community.
Hudson Street Park is a success with both the new and existing residents of Lewisham, strengthening the sites identity and character, sense of community and pride in ownership. This new public place adds to the quality of life, not just for the adjoining residents, but for the wider Lewisham neighbourhood and community.
Translated to ‘dare to do, as much as you can’, the Saint Ignatius motto encourages students to push their limits and strive their hardest, whilst respecting the qualities and traditions written deep into the fabric of the school.
Privately owned by the Inglis family for over 100 years, more than 30 per cent of this landmark site will be public open space.