A sea of towers 25 storeys tall and covered in greenery would provide the skyline for Liverpool.
The bold vision has been endorsed by the city’s current Labor Mayor — with one proviso: “We don’t want slums of the future.”
Developer lobby the Urban Taskforce has created a projection of what the south-west Sydney metropolis will look like in 2036, incorporating the city’s current 93m tall Liberty Tower.
It envisages a CBD lined with green-walled towers providing a mix of office space and apartment blocks.
The drawing incorporates the current 93m Liberty Tower and a series of green-walled towers that are a mix of office towers and apartment blocks.
“The vision is pretty balanced, to be honest,” Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller told The Daily Telegraph.
“As long as there is quality design and people can live with it in terms of aesthetics and it has green space to match — and by the look of it this does — then it will be acceptable to the future residents of Liverpool and the current residents.”
Liverpool Council has about $1.8 billion in towers being considered right now. That relates to at least six towers of about 25-storeys each.
Liverpool’s 93m Liberty Tower has 300 apartments and is the starkest example of the area’s new direction.
Aside from Parramatta, Liverpool Council has the tallest buildings in Western Sydney.
“If you are building anything I think it should have an iconic presence and something that people can admire rather than just another apartment building.
“I know that can be asking a lot but that’s what we expect. We don’t want slums for the future.”
Liverpool Council’s population is set to increase from 214,000 in 2016 to 331,000 in 2036 — a 54 per cent increase.
Much of that growth will also be driven by the expansion of Liverpool Hospital and the aerotropolis being built at Badgerys Creek airport, which has been given similar growth projection.
Urban Taskforce CEO Chris Johnson said Liverpool has already transferred towards being a high-rise city with a number of mixed-use and apartment buildings being built in the centre.
“As Western Sydney grows so will the town centre of Liverpool as more jobs are generated, university campuses open and a bustling cosmopolitan centre attracts residents into urban apartment buildings,” he said.
“Liverpool is part of the Western Parkland City, so green landscape has been incorporated into the buildings as well as green walls or rooftop gardens.”
Full article originally published in The Mercury July 22, 2019.