OCULUS designs new park for Melbourne CBD

The new park will introduce 1,900 square metres of open space into the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, including City of Melbourne land, and a portion of land contributed by Cbus Property and ISPT that
forms part of the development. Cbus Property is developing the park which will then be handed back to City of Melbourne for public use and management.

The new park will be connected to a further 1,750 square metres of publicly accessible and occupiable space within the Collins Arch development via a large amphitheatre. The total open space added to
the block will be nearly 30 per cent larger than the previous National Mutual building forecourt.

Designed landscape architects Oculus, in collaboration with a Project Steering Committee, which includes Council and Cbus Property representatives, the park will comprise a collection of unique public spaces, as well as wide bluestone paths to accommodate more pedestrians, new seating, space for programmed events and improved pedestrian access to public transport.

A playful landscape, featuring sensory integrated elements, has been incorporated into the park design to encourage imaginative nature-based play for younger children and their carers in the city.

“This landscape architecturally designed park is an important addition to Melbourne’s CBD. The introduction of an open green space will help to extend the urban forest for public enjoyment. The park design is distinctly Melbourne, drawing on the materiality and history of the surrounding CBD streets and heritage buildings, incorporating elements of bluestone and sandstone.” says Claire Martin, Associate Director of Oculus.

The landmark $1 billion-plus mixed-use Collins Arch development will include 49,000 square metres of premium-grade office space, 940 square metres of ground floor retail and a five-star W Hotel, as well as 184 luxury apartments. Collins Arch is currently under construction with completion expected in late 2019. The Market Street park is scheduled for completion in 2020. The City of Melbourne will decide on a name for the park at
a future date.

Images | Courtesy of cbus property

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