JMD Design were commissioned by Stockland to design document and provide construction quality advice for a feature park within a new subdivision project at Glenmore Ridge, Penrith. The eastern edge of the new park had been designed and built some ten years ago, hence the name Jacaranda Park. It was decided that the new park should break with the gardenesque image of the eastern half and create a new strong identity to the new suburb dropping away to the west.
Special attention was paid to the existing topography, the character of the site in the western Sydney context and the future residential pattern. The post subdivision landscape provided the designers with a number of challenges in designing this park, most notably the large level change resulting from the construction of new roads and benched lots.
The major level changes incurred by the civil design were embraced as a means to accentuate the topographic beauty of the site, retain two significant trees and reshape the land to maximise the playgrounds sense of groundedness. A small children’s playground and bespoke shade structures were included along the most activated edge of the park ensuring passive surveillance.
Landscape Architect: JMD Design
Location: Rosecera Circuit, Glenmore Park, Penrith, Sydney
Project Cost: Approx $2 million AUD
Structural Engineer: Northrop Engineers
Civil Engineer: J Wyndham Prince
Project Manager: Stocklands
Landscape Contractor: Design Landscapes
Planner: Byrnes PDM
Access: Assess Associates Sydney