2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Parks and Open Space

Return to Royal Park by City of Melbourne – City Design Studio Parks and Open Space: Landscape Architecture Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment

Royal Park in inner Melbourne has been undergoing a transformation as part of its overall masterplan, but until recently still lacked a clearly defined gateway and engaging play space.

Return to Royal Park has delivered on these objectives, providing an exciting, nature-based play space for children of all ages and developmental needs, where people are encouraged to come together. The new landscape responds to the natural character of Royal Park and the planting scheme cleverly reflects Wurundjeri descriptions of Melbourne’s seasons. The outcome is an immersive gateway that encourages visitors to the adjacent Royal Children’s Hospital to get outside and play.

For more coverage read Ricky Ray Ricardo’s review.


Activation/Education City of Melbourne Park Rangers
Community engagement consultant Capire
Construction manager Lend Lease
Disability access consultant Access Solutions National
Electrical and lighting engineer Webb Australia Group
Hydraulic engineer Irwinconsult
Landscape contractor Delta Group
Maintenance contractor Serco Open Space
Planting consultant Plant Design
Play auditor and design consultant Play DMC
Play equipment Richter Spielgerate, Playworks
Project leader City of Melbourne: City Design
Project partner Department of Health and Human Services (Vic)
Structural and civil engineer Irwinconsult
Tree planting and maintenance Citywide
Site Details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Urban
Project Details
Status Built
Category Landscape / urban
Type Parks, Playgrounds
Client City of Melbourne and State Government of Victoria - Department of Health



Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Peter Bennetts


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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