Mirvac, on behalf of the City of Melbourne, has released the masterplan for a revitalised Riverside Square park that will activate the Southbank’s Riverside Quay precinct and function as a diverse public realm.
Addressing the need for quality open space in the precinct, Mirvac partnered with the City of Melbourne to deliver a public park for local workers and residents.
Landscape architect, McGregor Coxall, was appointed to design the park according to the community-led vision. A three-day community engagement prototype event was held at the site to test distinct park features and understand community aspirations.
The final park design will include 1200-square-metres of new landscaping, outdoor working areas, communal facilities and seating.
Campbell Hanan, Head of Office and Industrial at Mirvac, says the new park will be a great extension of the Riverside Quay development, creating a new community hub and bringing tenants and local residents together.
“The importance of green open spaces in our cities is vital. We believe that creating outstanding workplaces extends beyond delivering premium commercial assets, to the spaces and public realm that surround them. Riverside Square is set to become a buzzing space activated by local workers and residents during the work week, in the evening and on the weekend.
We’re extremely proud to have co-created a vision for the space with the community and the City of Melbourne.”
The plan for Riverside Square was developed following a community-led design process where Mirvac consulted with local residents, businesses and authorities before commencing the design process. Representatives of residents and business people from the local community subsequently formed a community reference group who guided the direction of the public space through the design process.
The community reference group consisted of local residents and businesspeople, as well as representatives from the Southbank Residents Association and Yarra River Business Association.
Tony Penna, President of the Southbank Residents Association, says the upgrade of the Riverside Quay precinct was a welcome initiative to transform a public open space that was significantly under-utilised and often overlooked by the community.
“We are looking forward to seeing a new and improved space at the end of the project and one that is embraced by the entire community; locals, workers and tourists alike.”
Christian Borchert, Director of McGregor Coxall says the master plan is inspired by the historic wetland environment of the area and will establish the public realm as an expression of its ecological diversity and cultural heritage.
“The success of its renewal today will be measured by the quality of its public life through social, environmental and economic well-being.
“The investment of time, energy and engagement by those who live, work and visit Riverside Quay will be the foundation for its prosperity. We are aiming to create an inviting and authentic, local part of Melbourne; a village heart amidst life in a global city.”
Riverside Square is due for completion in October 2017 and will be open to the public.