Congratulations to Stephen Edwards Constructions who recently won the Excellence in Construction Award for Public Buildings between $5m – $10m, from the NSW Master Builder’s Association for the Lemur Forest Adventure at Taronga Zoo.

Our works with Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture on Constitution Avenue are progressing with the completion of the northern verge at Campbell, Section 5. The works include the laying of finely cut blue-stone kerb, variegated pavement and advanced oaks.

Studios 54 are due for completion in December, while the Burwood apartments have also just commenced on site.

Meanwhile, we are getting moving on cycling and rowing projects – with the Centennial Park South West Bicycle Hub and Sydney University Boatshed projects commencing documentation.

Stay tuned for more details in coming months.

The Lemur Forest Adventure received a Commendation for steel architecture at the recent NSW Chapter Architecture Awards.

Public Sydney has been awarded the 2014 National Trust Award for Education, Interpretation Government. We acknowledge the generous assistance that Sydney Living Museums, UNSW Built Environment, City of Sydney and the Government Architect’s Office gave to this publication.

We also thank again, Aaron Murray, Adrian Chan, Kristina Hay, Benjamin Driver and Matthew Oh from Hill Thalis; Nicole Larkin from Tzannes Associates; David Drinkwater, and past students of UTS and UNSW, without whom the publication would not have been possible.

Public Sydney: Drawing the City is in its second edition and can be purchased from Sydney Living Museums

We have been working with Cameron Bruhn and Alexa Kempton of Architecture Australia to guest edit a forthcoming issue on Urban Housing. The issue features a diverse range of projects from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Singapore and New Zealand. The issue is compiled in an atlas format, with comparative data and drawings supplementing images of the projects. Essays from Rob Stent, Lindsay and Kerry Clare, Frank Stanisic and Peter Myers reflect upon the nature of urban housing in historical, planning, economic and architectural terms. The issue will be launched in Melbourne on 29th April, and in Sydney on 1st May.

The Sydney University Boatshed project received DA approval at the end of 2013. The project replaces an old A frame structure on the eastern side of Linley Point that was destroyed by fire.

The Lemur Forest Adventure is completed and is now open to the public.

We are very pleased to announce that the first reprint of Public Sydney is now available in bookshops.

By means of exquisite scale drawings, Public Sydney describes and celebrates the public buildings, rooms and spaces of central Sydney, Australia’s founding metropolis. It presents almost 100 of the city’s most important public places in plan, cross-section and elevation, supported by images, and provides an overview of their evolution. Accompanying essays from leading architects, landscape architects, historians and academics offer keen insights into the city’s underlying geography, urban character and most recognisable and well-loved public elements.

Representing over a decade of effort, research and recording, this book comprehensively illuminates Australia’s oldest city. For anyone with an interest in Sydney, or cities in general – particularly architects, landscape designers, planners, engineers, historians and administrators – it offers a deep appreciation of the making of the city over time, and will be an indispensible resource and continuing inspiration.

The book was discussed in a number of sessions at the 2013 Sydney Writer’s Festival. The session chaired by Fenella Kernebone can be viewed here

The Lemur Forest Adventure at Taronga Zoo is nearing completion. The project brings together play, education and interpretation – of place, animal conservation, the wonder of forests, their threat from human deforestation, as well as discovery and beauty within forests.

Surry Hills Tower 2 has commenced construction. With a site area of approx. 126sqm, this project contains a commercial space on the street level, and four single floor apartments above. The fabric of the building is formed from a subtle palette of white materials with differing surface textures – that plays against a rich colour theme of red, blue, yellow and turquoise in small scale details.

Campbell Section 5 was formally announced by Minister Barr in September 2013. This urban project forms new streets and public places at a site located at the junction of two of Canberra’s major landscape axes.

McGregor Coxall have documented and overseen the construction phase of the Little Bay Master Plan. The Master Plan was designed with Hill Thalis and Candalepas Associates in 2007. The public domain is almost completed, and features a series of raingarden streets that treat urban runoff, as well as a suite of parks and squares that link the site to the broader landscape and form the focus of smaller urban elements within the site. See some construction photographs on our webpage.

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