Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation

The Project

New regional public open space (circa 24,000m2) encompassing sports area, community hub, play space and shared street and parking areas, and amenities.

The parks design draws inspiration from the cultural and heritage values of Gosford – in particular, the narrative of the Darkinjung people, the traditional custodians of the land, and the history of land reclamation that reformed the shoreline resulting in the landscape as it is presently.

The development of the park is treated as an ‘archaeological’ dig, using the shoreline of 1919 as a datum for the design, anchoring the key elements along its edge. The key park elements are all bound by the old shorelines path. The waters of the adjacent bay are reintroduced to the landscape through a Tidal Terrace play space, offering a unique element of play that reconnects the space to the landscape’s most iconic element, Brisbane Waters. The culture of the Darkinjung is embodied in the sculptural design and arrangement of the community node, whilst the European histories of Gosford held within the material composition of urban and sculptural site elements.


Level Six’s management of this project has included:

  • Establishment of communications plan with regular project and design team meetings
  • Management of a broad, complex, stakeholder group. Key stakeholders include, the Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation, Central Coast Council, Local Aboriginal Land Council, Roads and Maritime Services, Central Coast Leagues Club and NSW Police.
  • Generation and management of an aggressive project program.
  • Coordination of variations to Project Brief. The team developed a very unique concept for the use of the sea water via allowing tidal flow to enter and exit man made rock pool areas. This required extensive technical expertise and investigations into the marine environment, along with additional consultation with the client and a number of key stakeholders/authorities to 1) confirm the desire for such an aspirational proposal and 2) prove out the technical and financial viability
  • Management of the required planning approval via the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) pathway, for HCCDC review and comment including coordination of all consultants’ inputs.
  • Management and Chairing of regular PCG meetings, reporting across all aspects of project status
  • Coordination of the consultant team (alongside Turf Studio to whom the consultants are contracted)
  • The project is scheduled to begin construction in September this year.