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Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve

Develop design concepts to enliven the Mt Druitt reserve at Ralph Place and make it a vibrant, attractive, well connected and inclusive open space.


Comfortable pedestrian access from the south is restricted by the train line.

Town Centre Reserve 6min Walk 12min Walk

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12min

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Westfields and other commercial zones provide a gravitational pull for consumers.

Commercial - Westfield - Shops - Parks

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Numerous ‘Human Services’ and education institutions concentrate around the reserve.

Commercial Services - Schools - TAFE - Medical Centre

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Civic functions are sprinkled through a zone which takes 10 minutes to walk across.

Commercial Services Civic - Hospital - Train Station - The Hub

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Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve is hidden within behind the backs of adjoining sites

Looking West

- Rear of Chinese Supermarket site - Rear of Chambers Cellars

Looking South

- Rear of TAFE - Fence limits access to site

Looking North

- Rear of Shopsmart outlet complex - Visual Connection limited by dense low lying vegetation - Dead End road provides access to site without thoroughfare


The reserves isolated position withing the urban fabric makes it vulnerable to misuse....

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Graffiti

Vandalism to council and private property is costly to remove and visually disruptive.

Alcohol Misuse

Reports of alcohol misuse in various locations around the site.

These issues combine to create significant problems for positive use of the park.

Careless Needle Disposal

The proximity to Hospital needle vending machine makes the park a convenient and quiet place for injecting.


The Wider Field...

Mount Druitt Town Centre Reserve is 1 of 800+ natural parklands under B.C.C. management.

200m Plumpton Park

Extracts from B.C.C. Management plan; - Sports grounds are “barometers in assisting the maintenance of community health and well being� - Reflect the community and designed to assist their needs - Planned to be within walking or cycling distance form homes - Cultural interface between private lives and porting life of community

Sherwood Park

Rooty Hill Leisure Centre

Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve


The Wider Field...

Mount Druitt Town Centre Reserve is 1 of 800+ natural parklands under B.C.C. management.

200m Plumpton Park

Sherwood Park

Rooty Hill Leisure Centre

Any proposals must address the grass roots problems with affordable & ‘doable’ solutions.

Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve


Building on the well known design mantra ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ we believe in creating an integrated network that brings together all the existing parts to create a safe and uniting pedestrian thoroughfare.

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Civic Strip

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”


By creating a pedestrian and cycle thoroughfare from the Transport Hub at the Station via the shops, services, The Hub, The Pool, The Reserve, Kevin Betts and the Hospital, the reserve will live up to its name as the Town Centre Reserve.

Key Points - Train Station - The Hub - The Pools - Town Centre Reserve - Kevin Betts Stadium - Hospital

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The existing pedestrian experience is dictated by the car

No Pedestrian Crossing

Vegetation Blocking Visibility

Uncomfortable Pathways

Redundant Fencing


More clearly articulated pedestrian and bike zones.

View east along Pedestrian Network at Ayres Grove


Provide safer street crossings


Cobled roads to provide drivers with audible warning


Planter boxes for aditional safety


Lighting elements or coloured paving to further enhance crossing


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Relocation of pool fence along Ayres Grove.

Ralph

Existing

Fence Realigned

Winter Mode - Park offered to community


Improving visibility and signage to increase awareness of nearby civic functions including; The Town Centre Reserve, The Hub, and Pool.


A new method of communication promotes pedestrian connectivity.

Mt Druitt Hospital

Health Clinic Dawson Mall

The Hub

Westfields

Transport Interchange Area Map

HeadSpace

The Pool

Chinese Supermarket

ShopSmart

The Park

Kevin Betts


Mt Druitt’s two football field sized ‘blank canvas’ awaits rejuvenation...

Develop design concepts to enliven the Mt Druitt reserve at Ralph Place and make it a vibrant, attractive, well connected and inclusive open space.


The current condition of Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve involves ambiguity, poor pathways, and limited passive surveillance.

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Pedestrian Vehicle Parking


Reconfiguring vehicle access to the site by linking with existing parking to the north, and opening up towards the hospital.

Pedestrian Vehicle Parking


Moving the cars to create a safe pedestrian zone

Pedestrian Vehicle Parking


Potential for passive surveillance through increased activation along northern edge.

Shopsmart

North South Site Section

Northern Edge Section

Bike & Pedestrian Network

Playing Fields

TAFE Grounds


Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve reframed as a revitalised sporting and outdoor venue.

Kevin Betts & Basketball Bike Stop & Cafe Public Toilet Seating Bus Stop Table Tennis Chess Boards Rock Climbing Wall

Pedestrian Vehicle Parking


Providing additional amenity while deterring misuse.

0.5 m

13 m LED lights

Location of stadium lights, & secondary path lighting.

Stadium Lights

Solar Panel

Stadium Lights are fitted with a low level solar powered motion activated light, that illuminates zones of the field where motion is detected. Acting to improve facilities for sports people and deter misuse of the field.

Solar panels mounted on top of stadium lights also provide renewable energy used in secondarly lighting along the civic strip.


Advantages

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts� We hope by focusing on pedestrian connectivity the benefits of what already exists in Mt Druitt the advantages will be multiplied. - Stronger Connection from Transport Interchange throughout Civic Strip - Safe thoroughfare to reserve and hospital - Better use of existing Council open space - Providing more varying and interesting places for people - Increase in access to reserve, which will - Bring more people to the park, to - Increase natural surveillance - Enhancing existing facilities and services - Reinvigorating existing reserve

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Civic Strip


Future: Kevin Betts Stadium

Existing - Twin Undervocered Courts

Expand - Four Undervocered Courts

Seperation allows connection - Walkway through building and visual connection to Civic Stip

Offset - Restricting access along rear fence to prevent missuse of area. - Create space for outdoor court and bus bay parking at rear.

Insert - Attrium celebrates the entry to both frontages and provides space for office & meeting space. - Additonal activation and passive survailance to drive away missue.


Future: Bike Network Town Centre Reserve as a pit-stop in an expanded bike network linking existing open spaces, Cumberland planes, and Blacktown Olympic Park. Town Centre Reserve as a Bike Track Pit Stop

Proposed bike trail connecting Cumberland Plain & surrounding parks


Future: Potential expansion can bring additional facilities for a new population of users. Ping Pong, Chess, Mini Soccer.

Kevin Betts & Basketball Bike Stop & Cafe Public Toilet Seating Bus Stop Table Tennis Chess Boards Rock Climbing Wall

Pedestrian Vehicle Parking

Mini Soccer Universal Playground


A strong, connected network that is planning for a better future...

View east along pedestraian network into upgraded Mount Druitt Town Centre Reserve


Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve  

University Project focusing on Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve revival. Multidisciplinary Design elective with Designing Out Crime, UTS. S...

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