Rouse Hill Town Centre


Rouse Hill Town Centre

LocationThe New Rouse Hill, Rouse Hill, NSW
ClientGPT, Lend Lease
ServicesMaster Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture
Site Area120 ha (295 ac)
Budget$20 million AUD

The Rouse Hill Town Centre is a 120 hectare (296 ac) site located in Sydney’s northwest growth corridor. The project is a joint venture between GPT and Lend Lease. OCULUS was invited to collaborate with Civitas, Lend Lease Design, and GPT to create the Master Plan for the regional centre.

There are two linear elements in the scheme—the transit centre to the west and the wild Caddies Creek running through the centre of the site. The Master Plan places the town centre between these two elements with housing on either side, followed by a layer of “green tentacles.” These tentacles form links to the streets and open spaces, connecting all parts of the site. The resulting urban form, movement network, and open space network achieve a well-defined, connected, and legible Master Plan structure.

One of the foremost objectives of the Master Plan was to create a diverse range of spaces that cater to the needs of the community and all the activities of their daily lives, and to seamlessly connect the different parts of the site, making them easy to access by foot, bike, or by car.

Sustainability was also a key driver of the Master Plan and both the client and consultant team have shown a genuine commitment in implementing the sustainability strategies. The project has a strong ecological focus with a clearly defined range of sustainability objectives and targets. Eighty percent of the plants chosen for the site are Australian native plants and are drought-tolerant.

The plan has received several design awards including the 2010 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Urban Design Award for Excellence and the 2010 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence.