An Exemplar of Precinct Engineering: One Central Park & the Central Park Precinct

Robert Saidman
Arup, Sydney

Central Park is a compelling case study of transformation. The project has converted the old brewery site at Chippendale into a world class precinct receiving 29 international awards. A true mixed-use development, Central Park illustrates how a project can reconnect with the city while introducing people and density.

One Central Park is the landmark mixed use residential and retail project within the Central Park precinct. The development represents the next evolution of exemplar tall building design where the sustainability credentials are realized externally in bold visual gestures, internally with smart building services design, and holistically through precinct initiatives.

The presentation explored the engineering interaction between the precinct and the One Central Park development, including technologies employed to help create a village that people can work and play in. A case was made to suggest that the most successful tall buildings are those that consider their context and promote initiatives at a precinct level. This includes the conversion of the historic Brewery Yard building adjacent to Chippendale Green, which now accommodates the project’s central thermal plant (CTP), and a strategy for water that ensures all non-potable water needs are serviced through a combination of on-site rainwater capture and waste water recycling. The presentation also described the sustainability and engineering features of the One Central Park development and how it achieved its 5-star Green Star rating.