Why a design competition?

Randwick Council wants to tap into the best ideas for how to plan for the future.  A design competition is a great way to identify a range of ideas from here and overseas.

What is a design competition?

An open invitation to all architects, urban designers and planning firms, from Australia and overseas, to identify great ideas and designs.  It will provide Council with a much wider range of ideas than just engaging one specialist group to design for the area. Council is working with an architect who specialises in running architectural competitions.

What are planning controls?

Planning controls are the statutory mechanisms Council uses to assess and manage development and change.  All buildings and development has to demonstrate that it meets the relevant planning controls. With the new light rail, and growing pressure for more housing and jobs, Council needs to develop planning controls which will guide the future development of K2K so it is a great place to work, live and visit. The ideas from the Design Competition will provide the basis of the new controls.

How will the design competition work?

The Design Competition is in two stages. An open invitation to enter is made and firms and groups of people say why they think they would be able to provide exciting new ideas.  A shortlist of groups is made and up to four invited to compete.  They are each provided with a Design Brief that they must interpret in their designs and plans.  The final designs are all placed on exhibition so the community can say what they like, before the Jury makes the final decision about the winning entry.

How will the competition money be split?

The total prize pool of $300,000 will recognise achievement across a number of different levels.

  • The winner of the competition will receive $120,000
  • $140,000 will be split between, up to four, runner up competitors

  • $40,000 may be granted as a commendation prize

How was the jury chosen?

Randwick Council and a small team of independent advisors approached a number of eminent professionals in the fields of urban design, landscape architecture, architecture and planning, to participate in the jury.

How can I have a say?

There are two stages to the competition

During stage one, we want to know what the community thinks the objectives for the design brief should be.  There are six themes and we are looking for community input into the objectives for each.

You can have your say by taking part in the online forums, survey and interactive map or by talking to us at one of our pop up activities on Anzac Parade in June.

During stage two, when the final entries will be on exhibition, there will be a shopfront, more pop up activities and more opportunities to tell us what you think online.

All feedback will be provided to the jury to help them with their assessment of the winning entry.

What does ‘design excellence’ mean?

Design excellence means the best practice, innovative and cutting edge responses to complex urban design challenges.

Anzac Parade is one of the busiest roads in the city, it is about to have a light rail service installed and it has two significant institutions attracting in excess of 50,000 people a day (the University and the hospital).  Without careful planning and good design, it will remain a busy Sydney thoroughfare, instead of the great place to live that local people want and need.

What does ‘public domain’ mean?

Public domain refers to the areas which are not owned by private people – so the footpaths, parks, open spaces.  One of the things good design can do is open up more open space underneath buildings, at street level – so people can get away from the traffic and eat, meet and work more comfortably.

Isn’t this just about more tall buildings?

Council has to plan for the future. Over the last 100 years Anzac Parade has changed from an unsealed road out to La Perouse to become a major, busy, city thoroughfare.  If Council doesn’t take control of planning for the future growth and development, we will all pay the price in the future.

In the past 18 months Council has received five unsolicited planning proposals from developers seeking to build residential towers of up to 26-storeys (approximately 85m) which is well in excess of Council’s planning controls. This is clearly inappropriate and Council and the State Government’s Joint Regional Planning Panel has refused the proposals.

Last year the Mayor of Randwick met with the Minister for Planning to discuss a process for dealing with these types of proposals to ensure a consistency of approach. The Minister supports this competition which will develop a coordinated and strategic approach to this important corridor.

Change – and new development – is inevitable.  But this project gives Council and the community the chance to help shape and control that change rather than leaving it to developers.

Why do we need more housing?

People are moving to Sydney at the rate of 100 people a week, every week, for the next 30 years.  In Kensington and Kingsford we know that housing is in short supply and that as both the University and hospital grow, so will demand for new housing.

What we need is a range of housing to suit people at all stages of life and at all levels of affordability.  Good planning will help us deliver the housing we need while creating great places to work, live and visit.

Why must the area change?

Sydney is the economic heart of the nation – over a quarter of Australia’s economy is based in Sydney.  People are moving to Sydney at a rate of 100 people a week, every week, for the next 30 years.  Some of those people will come to Kensington and Kingsford and we need to have the housing, jobs and places for them. K2K is about the community and Council working together to help shape and control that change.