Grant Associates has been appointed to help develop a new and sustainable masterplan for the city’s historic Royal Botanic Garden and public domain
Working alongside local firm Cox Richardson Architects and Planners, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing the landscape strategy and public-realm elements of the masterplan.
With a combined area of 64 hectares, and bordering the iconic Sydney Harbour waterfront, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden and Domain is the largest single site in the Sydney Central Business District. Ongoing management of the space is crucial for the future development and direction of Sydney as a cultural and tourist destination. Scheduled to celebrate its bicentenary in 2016, the garden is Australia’s oldest research and scientific institution, and holds a unique place in the nation’s intellectual life and as a popular recreation and visitor destination.
The new integrated masterplan is due to be unveiled in November 2013. It will, according to Grant Associates, address the heritage of the garden and its role, structure and future form. It will also identify the means by which research and education can flourish; address the physical environment, facilities and character; and seek to establish a framework for a resilient and sustainable financial future for the garden.
Keith French, director, Grant Associates says: ‘We’re delighted to be involved in this fascinating project. As the primary role of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust is for scientific research, we have to ensure that a sustainable financial future and funding for this work is balanced against the needs of heritage, education, recreation and as a tourist destination. It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to play a small part in the future role of this amazing historic site.’