Emerald Hills – Bell Tower Park

A critical community park for the Emerald Hills community that references iconic heritage architecture, promotes activity and maximises views.

  • Location
  • Sydney, NSW, Australia
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  • Client
  • Macarthur Developments
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  • Year completed
  • 2019

Located on the crest of a hill with expansive views to the Kanangra-Boyd National Park, the Bell Tower park is a critical open space within the Emerald Hills development. The park is positioned on the former site of the St Andrews Home for boys, built by COX Architects in the 1960’s.

The design team incorporated various architectural references of the former school in the design of the park and various furniture elements including a shelter structure referencing the same architectural form and the re-use of site won materials. A sequence of bronze sculptures positioned throughout the park also reference the boys who attended the school originally.

The park features multiple distinct character zones including open active recreation lawns, elevated boardwalks and a play precinct with a bell tower climbing structure. A number of existing mature trees have been retained in the design to provide shade. The park also features a viewing terrace/platform at an elevated level.

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