Shaping community spaces, creating neighbourhoods
Holdmark’s residential, retail and commercial buildings are re-shaping the urban landscape – creating valued community spaces with benefits for the surrounding neighbourhood.
Our planning starts by considering how we can activate the precinct, to bring people of all generations together in new ways to enjoy the natural landscape or new public domains. We are always thinking about how we can give back. This is what drives our vision and underpins our local community engagement.
Holdmark creates parks, playgrounds, sports fields and cycle paths around its residential and mixed-use developments – building something with a greater legacy for all.
For example, in Shepherds Bay this also meant rejuvenating the river foreshore. This has created a destination for everyone to enjoy, with waterfront restaurants, parklands built into the protective sea walls, and a jetty – in what was once an under-utilised part of the river. Ryde Council now hosts weekend markets in the foreshore park, which has become the heart of Holdmark’s Shepherds Bay residential community.
Community building also means paying respect to the local Indigenous culture and heritage of a site. When planning 197 Church St Parramatta[SH1] , Holdmark consulted the original custodians of the land, the Burramattagal people. They provided permission to name the new pedestrian walkway Ngara Nura Way in homage to Indigenous cultural influences. This pathway will link the precinct’s public spaces to Parramatta’s new light rail and Metro, and its busy CBD streets.
Ultimately, we see our placemaking philosophy as investing in quality of life for our residents, tenants and visitors – and for future generations.