Enhancing places through urban design, strategy and creative action.
West Ryde Mixed-Use Development
SAMA Design prepared the masterplan, urban design report and planning proposal for the redevelopment of a 2000sqm site with a 7 storey mixed-use development. The combination of quality public spaces, active street frontages and simple yet effective building proportions has been supported by the Council and has received Gateway Determination to proceed.
Bankstown Vision and Concept
The Sydney Metro is Australia’s biggest public transport project, spanning a total of 90km. In response to the NSW government’s proposal for an above ground Metro line at Bankstown, SAMA Design was engaged by the Council to prepare an alternative vision and concept design. With an underground station, new town square, reconnected streets and significant redevelopment opportunities, the proposed concept could transform and enhance the area.
The vision and virtual fly-through was presented to a summit of State and Federal MPs and has resulted in the planning and transport authorities agreeing to review the Metro design. Following this success, SAMA Design is now undertaking urban design studies for the remaining stations in the corridor to maximise the positive outcomes for the Council.
Bankstown Vision Fly-Through
SAMA Design has designed and constructed a number of parklets, which are small public spaces for socialising, greening the street and enhancing the use of valuable street space. As well as providing instant benefits to communities and businesses, parklets can be used as demonstration and engagement projects to generate momentum for permanent streetscape enhancement.
Made from recycled shipping containers and quality timbers, the parklets are engineer certified and are easily transported enabling them to be trialled in various locations. Sam has managed the approvals and installation of parklets in over 14 locations throughout Sydney including Waverley Council, Randwick Council, the City of Sydney and Inner West Council.
Their success in Waverley was recognised at the 2015 PIA NSW Awards where the Council won Best Planning Ideas Small Project, and at the 2016 PIA National Awards where the Council received a Commendation for Best Planning Ideas Small Project.
SAMA Design has created a unique pop-up space to bring local art and activity to public spaces. The versatile converted shipping container has been used as a gallery, information stall, shop and performance venue in 15 locations throughout Sydney including Martin Place, Taylor Square, Bondi Beach. The space has showcased over 150 local artists with clients including Sydney Fringe, UNSW, LOCO Project, Bayside Council, Glebe Chamber of Commerce and Cirque du Soleil.
SAMA Design manages all site installation logistics and also manages the events in some locations. The space is loved by Councils, universities and festival organisers for bringing activity and culture to their spaces.
SAMA Design was engaged to facilitate an apartment development on a 5,550sqm site next to the first stage of Parramatta Light Rail.
The masterplan will enhance the established garden character of Carlingford with deep soil landscaped setbacks and spaces and a boulevard streetscape, while also achieving the density targets of the client and state government.
The urban design report and planning proposal demonstrated the both the strategic and site merit and are currently in the assessment phase.
Bondi Beach Streetscape Upgrade
SAMA Design prepared the $10 million streetscape upgrade for Campbell Parade - the gateway and urban edge to the world-famous Bondi Beach. The project included urban design analysis; streetscape concept design (including footpaths, seating and landscape); community engagement; stakeholder coordination; and reporting for final approval.
Despite the high-profile location and diverse opinions, the concept plan received such broad support it was approved by both major parties of Council and is currently undergoing detailed design for construction to commence in 2018.
Rail Station Upgrades
SAMA Design provided urban design services for the NSW state government's rail station upgrade program, including 7 Sydney metro stations and 5 regional stations. In collaboration with Cardno and CCG Architects, design options were prepared and workshopped with numerous stakeholders in order to develop a preferred option and business case that improved accessibility, customer experience and integration.
Waverley Village Centres Revitalisation Strategy
Sam is currently preparing a Strategy for the revitalisation of Waverley’s 18 Village and Neighbourhood Centres. The Strategy will provide the framework to guide and coordinate detailed design and delivery including:
- Values and priorities for village centres;
- Process for detailed design, consultation and implementation of village centre upgrades; and
- Design principles for streets, transport, landscape, place-making and built form.
The goal is to ensure that every neighbourhood has a thriving, safe and attractive community hub founded on best practice design.
Better Block 2014
Sam co-organised Clovelly Road Better Block in 2014, a community-led initiative to make the street greener, safer and more social. For one day trees, parklets, music, art, stalls and traffic calming created a family friendly environment to demonstrate what could be achieved longer term. Surveys undertaken at the event found overwhelming community support for the initiatives and the community association has continued dialogue with the Council to achieve permanent improvements. See the website and facebook.
Clovelly Road Better Block 2014
Matt Thistlethwaite MP - Clovelly Rd Better Block 2014