SENSIBLE URBAN RENEWAL
Central Park is a major mixed-use urban renewal project in Sydney, Australia located on Broadway in the suburb of Chippendale. The development is focused on a new public park located just off Broadway of approximately 6,500 square meters (70,000 sq ft) in size. For many decades the southern side of Broadway was dominated by a brewery. The facility closed in the 2000s and the site was put up for sale. Frasers Property purchased the site from the Fosters Group and immediately began to process of conversion to a sustainable, energy independent building.
The first stage of the redevelopment is a tower called One Central Park, a 117-metre-tall (384 ft) residential tower designed by Jean Nouvel featuring “vertical gardens” by Patrick Blanc and LED art by Yann Kersalé. Located opposite the UTS Tower, One Central Park is an apartment complex with a shopping centre called Central located on the lower levels. The design includes a cantilevered section including a heliostat to provide light to the parkland below. It is the tallest building on the site. Construction by Watpac Construction was completed in October 2013.
In May 2014, the One Central Park East tower was ranked by Emporis as one of the world’s best skyscrapers. In July of the same year, it was chosen as the best tall building in Asia and Australia by Chicago based Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). In November 2014 it was named the best tall building in the world by CTBUH. In October 2014 it was named the Overall Winner of the 2014 LEAF Award.