Modest downtown units with not a blade of grass in sight or sprawling suburban houses disconnected from the zest of city life these are the housing cliches of our big city environments. But, there is another way. A variety of residence options interwoven with sprawling parklands. This is Putney Hill, a new kind of lifestyle option just twenty minutes' drive from the heart of Sydney.
When developers Frasers Property held a competition for the design of the masterplanned development for Putney Hill, Cox Richardson Architects pitched, and won. The company's broad vision was for apartments, terraced homes, freestanding residences and semi-detached houses, all focussed around a large central park. Over 50% of the design was to be dedicated to green spaces.
Cox Richardson director Philip Graus says the forward-looking residential community is defined by its diverse mix of house and apartment options, meticulously defined streetscapes and leafy surrounds. The neighbourhood provides residents with a private sanctuary near the centre city.
"Designed in consultation with award-winning landscape designer Environmental Partnership, Putney Hill features multiple flowering parks, rolling green spaces, and exotic gardens," says Graus. "Given this amount of space to work with we were able to create elegant, intuitive street layouts with all houses and apartments surrounded by nature."
Lardelli Park is Putney Hill's centrepiece, designed to complement the gentle valley in which the neighbourhood is located. It not only provides the residents of Putney and Ryde with a new 2.4ha green open space for relaxation and enjoyment, but also has environmental benefit for the community. By acting as a collection point for rainwater from the surrounding areas, the lake plays an important role in storm water management. It also assists in improving the water quality flowing to the Parramatta River, and provides a haven for local wildlife including ducks and water birds.