Blaxland Common

“The striking centrepiece of one of Sydney’s favourite play spaces”

Executive Summary

Blaxland Common Playground is a unique and innovative play space, set on three hectares overlooking the Parramatta River at Homebush Bay, adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park. Fleetwood Urban was contracted to deliver several key elements of the award-winning site, including its iconic Giant Swing.

Client

Perfection Landscapes and Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Completed

2012

State

NSW

Design Partners

JMD Design

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover

Fleetwood Involvement

With the architects genuinely concerned about the swing’s feasibility, a proven track record in delivering complex play spaces saw Fleetwood chosen to help bring the design to life. After extensive consultation between the design and engineering teams, we constructed the main curving beam from heavy gauge pipe, which we rolled using specialist equipment. We then formed and detailed the column-top ‘springs’ by hand, and craned and installed the entire structure. This included site welding the columns to main beam (the design specified no visible bolts) and a final layer of paint on-site. The structure was completed successfully and in a timely manner, and JMD Design have expressed great admiration for the outcome.

Awards

Award Name Location Year
Architizer A+ Award NY, Jury for Parks Blaxland Common 2013
NSW AILA Award For Excellence In Design Blaxland Common 2012