The annual awards commend excellence in planning and the planning profession. They commenced at state and territory level with a selection of the 2017 winners judged at a national level to recognise and celebrate the best planning and planners in Australia.
As winner of the Great Place Award in the PIA (NSW) Awards for Excellence 2017, the Oatley Railway Station upgrade is the NSW nominee for the national category. It goes up against four other projects from around Australia, which include Todd Mall Revitalisation (Susan Dugdale and Associates, NT), Elizabeth Quay (Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, WA), Hobart Waterfront Revival (City of Hobart, TAS) and The Railway Lands (City of Mount Gambier, SA).
Oatley Railway Station was a collaborative venture between DesignInc, Tonkin Zukaikha Greer Architects, Spackman Mossop Michaels Architects and Transport for NSW. The design process involved the local community and the revitalised station now provides a better experience for public transport users.
The station upgrade reflects DesignInc’s approach to creating people-focused environments that elevate the human experience of a space. It thereby demonstrates “great place” characteristics by providing improved physical and social connectivity and accessibility and sensitively responding to the heritage context of the location.
A PIA National Award is a great accolade for urban and regional planners in Australia as it recognises not only best practice and innovation, but the drive and dedication required to secure successful outcomes for a place or community. NSW projects have strong representation across the awards categories, demonstrating the high quality of planning across the state.
PIA will host the awards ceremony on 9 May 2018 at Optus Stadium in Perth, and the event kicks off the 2018 Planning Congress. This year’s congress theme, Frontiers of Planning, aspires to address what is effectual planning practice by asking, “What kind of Australia do we want for tomorrow and how do we get there?” Good planning contributes to inclusive, sustainable and productive communities, which Oatley Railway Station is a prime example of and, we hope, a deserving national winner.