Spotlight On Green Square

March 19th, 2020 - by Brad Gillespie

Sydney’s oldest industrial area has become a vibrant residential community and commercial hub, with many exciting developments underway and on the way, including a new town centre, more parks, a community and cultural precinct, and a new recreational centre coming soon.

Green Square’s population is forecast to double by 2030, which will make it one of Australia’s most densely populated areas. A large number of recreational, residential, transport and commercial developments are well underway to ensure it remains a sustainable community and great place to live and work.

Green Square’s 278-hectare urban renewal area has attracted $13 billion in construction development, with $530 million committed by the City of Sydney over the next 10 years. Major urban renewal projects are happening across not only Green Square, but also nearby Zetland, Beaconsfield, Rosebery, Alexandria, and Waterloo, with sustainable, innovative design being employed to revamp these areas while still retaining their heritage features.

Green Square Library now open

The impressive new Green Square Library is set in a public plaza in the town centre, which is still under development, but which will soon be the pulsing heart of the reinvigorated community. A beautiful, spacious, light-filled and architecturally striking building, the library has fast become a hub for locals. It’s a wonderful library to visit and spend some time in, thanks to its music room, technology lab, café, dedicated children’s area, and huge collection of books, magazines and newspapers. The library has already taken out a number of national – and even one international – awards for its sustainable design and noteworthy architecture.

Green Square town centre

The Green Square town centre represents the first time in over 100 years that the City of Sydney has designed a new town centre. Naturally, this presented a unique opportunity to make sure that the new centre meets today’s environmental challenges. It has well and truly met them by receiving a 6 Star Green Star - Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, the highest possible rating.

New recreation centre

Billed as the largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics, the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre is shaping up to be an impressive addition to the area with multiple pools indoors and out, a fitness training circuit, health and fitness centre, outdoor yoga deck, and a 4,950sqm multipurpose sports field. Stage one construction is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Meanwhile, just 700-metres from Green Square Station in Alexandria is the Perry Park Recreation Centre, which caters for a wide range of sports from futsal to netball and basketball.

Green Square Community and Cultural Precinct

A number of heritage-listed buildings on the former South Sydney Hospital site have been repurposed into a lively community centre, complete with a community shed, childcare centre, park and public artwork. With Green Square fast becoming a magnet for artists and makers, at the heart of the community and cultural precinct is the new Joynton Avenue Creative Centre. Designed by leading Sydney firm Peter Stutchbury Architecture, the centre is home to artist studios, exhibition spaces and low-cost creative workshops. Within a 10-minute-walk of Green Square Plaza are also any number of independent art galleries, including Sullivan+Strumpf, Utopia Art Sydney, Darren Knight Gallery and MAY SPACE.

More parks and public spaces

With more than 40 parks emerging across Green Square there will be plenty of places for local residents, workers and visitors to meet, eat, relax and play. The 6,200 square metre Drying Green – now underway and scheduled for completion in 2021 – will be the area’s major green space, with lawns, barbecues, shade structures, public art, water features and more. Nearby in Waterloo, the new Dyuralya Square is already proving to be a great community space for small events, local markets and performances.

Well-connected

Close to the airport and city centre, Green Square is already well connected by rail, bus and cycleways, with the new metro service at Waterloo (to be completed by 2024) expected to ease pressure on Green Square Station. New streets and cycleways around the Green Square town centre also aim to ease traffic congestion for residents.
I’m excited to witness the ongoing development of Green Square and how it will benefit the inner city. To get involved in property in the area, contact me today.