ON PARADE AT BONDI
Campbell Parade at iconic Bondi Beach is a threshold between the city and the sea
Bondi Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and a new development only adds to its outstanding beauty. Urban design and architectural practice, Conybeare Morrison International Pty Ltd, defines Campbell Parade as a great corniche – providing a spine to anchor the many activities of the world-famous Bondi Beach and its neighbourhood.
“Campbell Parade serves as a threshold between the city and the sea, while reinforcing the sweeping crescent of the beach and reflecting its earlier heroic landscape image,” says Conybeare Morrison International Pty Ltd.
“In the tradition of great boulevards, Campbell Parade is envisaged as a thoroughfare as well as a destination. The sweeping crescent of sand is reflected in the promenade, where Bondi’s grid of tightly packed urban streets meets the ‘amphitheatre’ of Bondi Beach. Campbell Parade East has become an activated ‘third promenade’ tying together these sweeping layers.”
A restrained modern aesthetic was utilised to complement the adjoining historic pavilion and the culturally significant Norfolk Island Pines, to frame the expansive Bondi Beach panorama, and to provide an appropriate setting for beachside pedestrian, cyclist and vehicular activity.
The project brief for Conybeare Morrison was to prepare a masterplan for the entire length of Campbell Parade. The company then had to undertake the detail design and documentation of the first phase of the upgrade works – including the roadway, median landscaping, eastern promenade and the interface with Bondi Park.
The project objective was to improve all physical elements of the public domain, including paving, landscaping, street furniture and lighting to enhance the appearance, character and functionality of Campbell Parade.
Importantly, the interface with surrounding areas was also to be improved, public safety upgraded and a high quality design outcome was sought.
The improvements to the public domain are realised through elements appropriate to the scale of Campbell Parade, and improvements to the pedestrian amenity help reclaim the area as a desirable destination in its own right.
The extensive upgrade works that have rejuvenated Campbell Parade include generous width concrete exposed aggregate footpaths, concrete and stone capped seating, informal sitting and performance areas and pedestrian crossings.
A new suite of street furniture includes purpose-made seating walls, protective tree surrounds, median safety fencing, proprietary bus shelters, SFA bicycle hoops, litter bins and fixed and removable bollards.
New street lighting poles with banners, street lights, and feature lighting were installed. A number of water-sensitive urban design features were added including kerbside stormwater collecting, filtering and sub-surface irrigation of median and verge landscaping.
An automated irrigation system and an upgrade of the streetscape stormwater, electrical telecommunication and service utilities were also part of this project. New median landscaping included the introduction of signature palm trees and feature planter beds and new planting to the edge of Bondi Park to re-establish the area’s Norfolk Island Pines.
Road resurfacing, line marking, new kerbs and gutters, pedestrian and cyclist ramps along with integrated public artworks completed this project in one of Australia’s best-loved beachside suburbs.
Conybeare Morrison International Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 8244 8888
Photos: Michael Nicholson December 2008
Lead Consultant, Architecture, Masterplanning, Urban Design, Heritage and Accessibility: Conybeare Morrison International Pty Ltd
Landscape Design: Context Landscape Design
Community Consultation: PPM Consultants
Transport Planning, Civil, Hydraulic and Utilities Engineering, Structural Assessment Report, WSUD Engineering: Arup
Lighting Design and Electrical Engineering: Lighting Art and Science
Quantity Surveying: BDA Consultants
Site Survey: Degotard Smith and Partners
Artwork Strategy and Project Management: Urban Art Projects
Street Furniture: Street Furniture Australia