Creating an award-winning new Sydney suburb
Bunya is a 730-lot residential subdivision located on a strategic site next to the Western Sydney Parklands. It contains the State Heritage-listed archaeological remains of the former Bungarribee Homestead, dating back to circa 1817.
- Meeting a commitment by the NSW State Government to exceed residential development best practice
- Overcoming the site’s complex environmental and heritage conservation challenges.
Proactive, full-service project management
APP was initially appointed to manage an International Ideas and Design competition to promote best practice and innovative thinking. APP was subsequently retained to manage the strategic planning phase design and approvals stages of the development. We managed delivery of the first two precincts of the project (220 lots), and to provide overall strategic project management for the delivery of precincts 3, 4 and 5 (300 lots).
We took close ownership of the project, liaising with stakeholders to promote Landcom’s objectives. Our role included:
- Scoping and managing a design and ideas competition to explore ways to merge the residential development with the parklands
- Supporting Landcom in establishing a design review panel, to ensure the final building outcomes were in accordance with the design principles and overall project vision
- Setting the approval pathway and managing the Part 3A Concept Plan approval, staged development approvals and authority permit approvals
- Providing timely, commercially-focussed advice on the key issues – including the selection of consultants and the staging of the project to achieve optimal commercial returns
- Managing the design and approval of a $4M park on the site of the former Bungarribee Homestead, and a $4.6M community resource hub, in conjunction with Landcom and Blacktown City Council
- Providing advice and management services regarding the sale of the subdivided lots, including managing the delivery of the display village and coordination of the selected builder team.
Overcoming complex challenges
The site presented a number of environmental and heritage challenges which required us to:
- Prepare a conservation management plan
- Complete archaeological salvage works
- Manage and comply with the requirements of an EPBC referral
We managed each of these challenges proactively, establishing direct lines of communication with the consent authorities and with local stakeholders, such as historic and conservation societies. This gave them the opportunity to have a say in the process and take ownership of the final outcomes.
We also engaged with the community at various stages of the project:
- Local schools were asked to participate in the landscape design process
- Local artists were invited to prepare a comprehensive public art strategy
- The community participated in designing environmental aspects of the community centre, and in its construction.
The project received a commendation for Excellence in Planning – Urban Design, from the Planning Institute of Australia in 2007 and won the 2008 Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW) Award for Best Concept Plan.
It is now a thriving community, home to 700 dwellings.