Landscape Architecture Australia

The Sales Ring Playground Arcadia Landscape Architectu­re

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Aboriginal Nation Eora Client Cbus Property Location Randwick, New South Wales Jury comment

The Newmarket Sales Ring once played a central role in the life of the Newmarket Racecourse. Arcadia has honoured the site’s heritage and repurposed the sales ring structure, restoring its prominence by transformi­ng it into the central play element of a broader, themed play space within this residentia­l precinct. This play space is not about sitting on the edges – rather, the play elements draw the visitor in. Imaginativ­e play is stimulated through public art that builds on the site’s historical and present-day narrative. The design is engaging and challengin­g but also accessible, and completely deserving of its obvious popularity. Design practice Arcadia Landscape Architectu­re Drainage engineer AT&L Structural engineer Robert Bird Group, SCP Consulting Lighting designer Point Of View Landscape contractor Solutions Contractin­g Branding, environmen­ts and wayfinding consultant Brand Culture Heritage consultant OCP Architects Arborist TreeiQ Photograph­ers Brett Boardman (top), Paul McMillan (bottom)

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