Werrington Park Corporate Centre has been designed to provide a vibrant and affordable business community for hi-tech and knowledge economy employment in Greater Western Sydney, Australia's third largest economy. Situated on the edge of the UWS Werrington South campus, Arcadia designed a landscape which emphasises the natural beauty of the surrounds, whilst complementing the architecture and providing amenity for corporate centre users throughout the day.
Arcadia worked closely with Architectus, who designed Werrington Park Corporate Centre to be the first 5-star Green Star Office v2 in Australia. Sustainability was a priority for Arcadia when designing the landscape, as was utilising the undulating open grassland of the greenfield site to maximise views to the north east.
Hydrology was integral to the sustainable outcome of the project, so Arcadia collaborated with Enstruct Engineers to develop a fuly connected WSUD strategy. This has resulted in the provision of a functioning bio-retention basin that acts as a visual focus for the building and outdoor areas, which also attain physical water access. A network of rain gardens, swales and cry creek beds capture stormwater from hard surfaces and roofs, treat it and transport it across the site to the bio-retention basin, ready for re-use.
To assist in creating a vibrant workplace, Arcadia’s landscape provides outdoor spaces for amenity by corporate centre users at all times of the year. Lines in the landscape are derived from the strong building angles and plant groupings, ripple walls, circulation tracks and dry creek beds provide focal interest that leads the eye to the landscape. Tree selection is key to this project, not only to retain view corridors, but also a variation in tree sizes has helped create intimate outdoor spaces, with a leafy backdrop. A healthy workplace environment has been created with loop access and pathways around the site.
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