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Parramatta River Square Sydney

For the Australian landscape architecture and urban design firm McGregor Coxall, a design has to be more than just a quick solution to a client’s existing problem.

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Location

Sydney, Australia

Nemetschek Group Brands

Vectorworks

Technology used

Vectorworks Landmark

Revitalizing the Space "Where the Waters Meet"

For the Australian landscape architecture and urban design firm McGregor Coxall, a design has to be more than just a quick solution to a client’s existing problem. Managing Director Adrian McGregor is clear that the built environment should respond to the needs of today, as well as prepare to combat issues that the population will face in the coming decades. 

McGregor’s firm uses design to bridge the gap between environment and development, and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to innovation and research-based project solutions. One example of how McGregor Coxall furthers its endeavor to build a more sustainable world is the firm’s work on the Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy. 

Today, the Parramatta City Centre is Sydney’s second largest Central Business District (CBD) and the only one located on a riverfront, which presents a distinctive mix of opportunities and challenges for its development. McGregor Coxall’s Urban Design Strategy for the 31-hectare space was meant to reorient the district toward the river, rebranding the location as “Where the Waters Meet” and aimed to revitalize the CBD through an innovative urban realm and four dynamic, mixed-use precincts along the water’s edge. The design created an active waterfront where the city can celebrate its public life.

ADRIAN MCGREGOR, MANAGING DIRECTOR

"The software we use has to be intelligent in terms of our carbon footprint modeling. With intelligent BIM, smart symbols, and coordinated worksheets, Landmark gives us the ability to make this happen."

Making an Impression Around the World

McGregor Coxall has made a name for itself in the landscape architecture and urban planning industries, completing over 300 projects across Australia, Europe, and Asia. The firm’s work has earned more than 60 awards, including the prestigious Topos Journal International Landscape Architecture Practice of the Year, landscape’s highest international prize, which honored McGregor Coxall as a proponent of a new wave of environmentally focused landscape architecture, framed within a modernist design approach. 

McGregor Coxall’s work on the Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy earned the firm several distinctions, including the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ New South Wales Chapter’s Award for Urban Design, as well as the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Award for Urban Design; the Australia Award for Urban Design: Policies, Programs and Concepts — Small Scale; and the Prime Minister’s Australia Award for Urban Design. To achieve such international acclaim and local distinction, McGregor Coxall relies on the 3D modeling and site design tools within Vectorworks® Landmark software.

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