The redevelopment of the historic Kent Brewery site in Chippendale drew on Urbis’ heritage and design advice to create a stylish new destination, Central Park.

The redevelopment has opened to Sydneysiders on a 5.8-hectare slab of industrial land, which had been closed to the public for more than a century. New parklands, historic buildings, public art and leading-edge architecture coalesce to make Central Park a distinctive locale of shops, restaurants, apartments and open space.

Urbis provided heritage advice on the project, first to the developer, Frasers Property, and then to owners of terraces, warehouses and other historic buildings nearby. Urbis’ work on the project included heritage impact statements, conservation management plans and an interpretation strategy. Public art and installations recommended by Urbis now decorate Central Park and contribute to the uniqueness of a people-centred place with a strong sense of the past.

To be able to re-use a significant industrial development and make a spectacular space, and blend new and old architecture –it’s a brief from heaven.
Alec Tzannes, Architect