Urban Transformation

What is Urban Transformation?

Urban transformation is a solution to meeting the demands of a modern and growing city. For us, it’s about transforming government-owned land, which has typically been used for commercial or industrial uses near existing transport and services to create vibrant new urban places.

In a practical sense, this goes beyond a traditional urban renewal approach. While the areas we work in will be reinvigorated with new types of uses – perhaps a variety of new housing types, or new retail or commercial areas around a new piece of transport - these places will be transformed in less tangible, but more meaningful ways. They will be become socially stronger, contribute to the local and metropolitan economies, will be more sustainable, and lead the way in how cities will be in the future.

Why urban transformation?

Sydney’s population is growing fast and we need to think about smarter ways to get the most out of our available land and how we will live as a society. 

Urban transformation looks at the actual patterns of a city. It focuses on vibrant and inclusive local urban places that are well connected to cultural and economic opportunities near and far. It integrates how and where we live with where and how we move around. 

Successful urban transformation:

  • makes better use of existing infrastructure and supports investment in new infrastructure
  • increases productivity by co-locating more intensive jobs and housing, and encouraging a mix of uses
  • provides new places to work in, and spaces that reflect cutting-edge industries and business trends
  • creates greater housing choice, shared spaces and bigger lifestyles
  • incorporates old and new places that attract new residents, visitors and additional expenditure
  • provides an opportunity to expand and improve existing natural spaces and bring ecology back to city living.

Most importantly, urban transformation engages the community, drawing on broad public participation that inspires imagination and collaboration.

Sydney can be a global benchmark

Sydney is one of the world’s great cities. While we will draw on international trends to help Sydney - and therefore Australia - foster economic innovation and transition to a knowledge-based economy, we also believe the city can be a leader in this transition.

If we’re to achieve this, we need to set a high benchmark that our urban transformation projects must meet and follow a process that:

  • Aligns where people live, where they work and how they get around with the structure of the economy, achieving world-class outcomes by ensuring our efficient and productive cities drive growth and innovation.
  • Locates homes close to jobs and expansive transport systems: contributing to productivity and quality of life, and therefore prosperity.
  • Links workers and employers and businesses, increasing productivity and national prosperity and attracting global talent and international organisations.
  • Fosters creativity and happiness, setting a city structure that aims to lessen time in traffic, encourages walking and cycling and facilitates face to face social and business connections.
  • Achieves better environmental outcomes through higher density development, reducing emissions and making better use of existing infrastructure and utilities.

How do we deliver this? See our City Transformation Life Cycle™.