PRINCE ALFRED SQUARE
In collaboration with Casey and Lowe Archaeologists and Heritage Consultants
Client: Parramatta City Council
Project dates: 2016
Gallagher Studio in collaboration with Casey and Lowe Archaeologists and Heritage Consultants were commissioned by Parramatta City Council to develop a landscape master plan for a historic square in North Parramatta. Prince Alfred Square is a site of exceptional historical and archaeological research potential and its evolution from goal to park mirrors the rich history of land use and change in Parramatta. The site of the first gaol constructed in 1796 and a subsequent sandstone gaol in 1804, it was designated a ‘Village Green’ in 1837 for the use of the people of Parramatta. Known as the Gaol Green, the land opened for use for ‘people to promenade. Currently the Park is a high demand open space resource used for major civic events.
Our team undertook a comprehensive analysis of the square; capturing not only the archaeological and built elements but key landscape features including the phasing and staging of tree planting, gardens and other embellishments. Detailed mapping including analysis of usage patterns and demands were also undertaken. This rigorous process has allowed our team to establish a comprehensive, well considered and feasible plan for the square that protects the unique character and balances competing demands. Protecting the highly significant historical character and managing events and usage has been a critical consideration in developing the master plan.