Sydney Architecture Images- Green Square Precinct

Green Square


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Green Square is a district in the inner-city of Sydney in the suburbs of Alexandria, Zetland, Waterloo and Beaconsfield. It is located 4 km south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney.

The centre of the Green Square district is at the junction of Bourke Road, Botany Road and O'Riordan Street. Green Square railway station on the Airport and East Hills Line is located at this junction.

The area is predominantly light industrial, with a small amount of high density residential development. The area is subject to an on-again off-again plan for urban renewal by the council of the City of Sydney. This plan projects Green Square to be home to a resident population of more than 33,000 and more than 28,000 people are expected to work in the area by 2021.


Green Square takes its name from a small park named in 1938 to honour Frederick Green, a Labor MP and tireless promoter of local industry and jobs who was a mayor of Alexandria.

In December 2007, construction work began on the long-awaited Green Square town centre at the intersection of Botany Road, and O'Riordan and Bourke Streets, with the demolition of the Waterloo Incinerator on the site.

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Situated at the intersection of Botany Road, and O'Riordan and Bourke streets, the town centre - now just a bunch of car yards and industrial buildings - will service a number of apartment developments that have sprung up around the Green Square railway station.

The project, a joint venture between the City of Sydney and Landcom, is part of 278 hectares of land earmarked by the NSW Government for urban renewal, one of the largest such projects in Australia and the last area close to the city suitable for expansion.

Along with Zetland, Beaconsfield and parts of Alexandria, Rosebery and Waterloo have been targeted for high-density developments that will house more than 33,000 people by 2021.

Landcom's shortlist of six companies and consortiums to complete the first stage of the town centre comprises Lend Lease, Citta/Babcock & Brown, CRI/Colonial First State, Mirvac, ISPT and Leighton Properties/Devine, said the NSW Planning Minister, Frank Sartor.

Stage one, or about 50 per cent of the total gross floor area of the town centre, will include a mix of residential, retail and commercial space.

"When completed, the Green Square town centre project will provide 2500 homes located close to existing transport infrastructure and $3.2 billion worth of investment," Mr Sartor said.

Green Square has a long industrial history but as the factories moved west, developers moved in, hoping the train and bus services and the proximity to the city centre and eastern suburbs would attract well-heeled tenants to their expensive apartments.

The area still lacks its own shopping district and community facilities and has been called a ghost town by some.

However, by 2025, the town centre is expected to house about 5500 residents and 7000 workers.

It will also have a network of plazas and parks, decorated with water features and public art, that will be able to host markets, concerts and festivals.

It will take about six months to demolish the main incinerator building, the chimney stack, a number of underground pits and all other associated plant, equipment and structures, Landcom says.

The development is close to Green Square station, part of the controversial 10-kilometre Airport Rail Link of four privately owned stations, where fares are considerably more expensive than for government-run lines.