The City of Canada Bay Council (CCBC) engaged Architectus to prepare a new Development Control Plan for Rhodes West, a major urban renewal area that will see a transformation of former industrial land at Homebush Bay into a mixed use town centre surrounded by high density residential precincts.

Architectus undertook consultation with landowners, a residents’ reference group and Councillors to coordinate a new Master Plan that sought an additional 12% increase in residential density. The new Master Plan was supported by Council and formed the basis for the new Development Control Plan.

Council’s planning objectives supported additional density in Rhodes West based on contemporary place making and urban design principles.

Tower buildings up to 25 storeys with lower street edge buildings, will contribute to a varied skyline. As a result of the increase in density the landowners gave consideration to additional public facilities in the form of an enlarged multi-functional community centre, additional open space, enhanced pedestrian and cycle connections and road improvements.

Detailed planning objectives and controls including site-specific building envelope plans were drafted by Architectus to guide development to achieve contemporary urban design, provide a high standard of residential amenity and accessibility, and a well designed and activated public domain.

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City of Canada Bay
Rhodes, Sydney
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Michael Harrison


  • 2011 PIA Australia Award for Urban Design - Special Commendation