Hills Showground Station Precinct



Client

Landcom (with Sydney Metro as landowner)

The Project

The Hills Showground Station Precinct will be a thriving mixed-use development at the heart of the Showground Station Precinct, which was rezoned by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment in 2017.

The project is situated on government-owned (Metro) land located immediately adjacent to the Hills Showground Metro Station.

This is an important project forming part of Metro’s Northwest Places program, and was submitted to DPiE as a State Significant Development application at the end of 2019, with a further Response to Submissions process during the first half of 2020.

The concept proposal consists of:

  • Approx. 1620 residential dwellings, comprising apartments and townhouses
  • Approx. 14,000m2 mixed-use retail, commercial and community spaces
  • A 3,500m2 local park and a 1,400m2 public plaza, connecting Hills Showground Metro Station with the Castle Hill Showground

Scope

Level Six managed a large and reputable consultant team to lead the feasibility/concept work for the master plan in line with Metro and Landcom’s strategic objectives and place aspirations, including master plan optioneering and review for conformance against the planning controls, relevant SEPPs and Apartment Design Guidelines as well as the Client Brief and Development Objectives.  Further key aspects of our scope included:

  • Development of Urban Design Guidelines (acting as a site specific Development Control Plan) – requiring the coordination of inputs from multiple consultants and client group departments. Level Six wrote significant content, steered the structure, and managed the rigorous review process for this work.
  • Preparation of the State Significant Development Application for the proposals, working to Project Governance Arrangements agreed with Landcom and Metro
  • Significant internal stakeholder engagement and management including continuous facilitation of agreement on key project and concept decisions throughout the development of the proposals, the submission of the SSDA and the Response to Submissions process
  • External stakeholder consultation including rigorous engagement with DPiE and Hills Shire Council, and Community Consultation
  • Management of design review and approval process with the Landcom/Metro team, and multiple State Design Review Panel sessions
  • Design Coordination with Council and its consultant team on future plans for the adjacent sites (Castle Hill Showground and Cattai Creek Corridor)
  • Management of a large consultant team and workflows to suit challenging submission timescales. The nature of the Landcom/Metro client body required specific planning for review of documentation for submission to ensure all required internal stakeholders within various departments could review in alignment with the required governance
  • Coordination with the successful purchaser of one of the superlots within the Precinct to ensure alignment with guidelines, early identification of coordination issues and discuss the ongoing plan for the development of their detailed development application following SSDA approval.

Note: Following our work on this project to submit the SSDA and carry out the Response to Submissions process, we have been asked by Landcom to act as ongoing Design and Technical Advisor.  The first superlot within the masterplan has been sold to a developer, and Level Six will participate in key stage reviews and monitor the developer’s design to ensure the developer is meeting its contractual obligations and the requirements of the Urban Design Guidelines.

Hills Showground Station Precinct Masterplan

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