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About the Ponds Project

The Ponds is a highly successful greenfield residential estate in Sydney’s Northwest, wrapped around an 80 hectare nature corridor. This significant development set a new benchmark for residential communities in New South Wales and balances community needs with economic benefits. The principles of sustainability, place, landscape and identity underpin the new suburb.

Landcom jointly developed The Ponds with privately listed developer Frasers Property Australia. This Sydney development is an outstanding success as demonstrated by its industry recognition. The Ponds has been the recipient of 16 high profile industry awards, including the coveted title of ‘most advantaged suburb’ by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

During its peak selling period, The Ponds was the fastest selling project in New South Wales which is testament to Landcom’s capacity to deliver a world class masterplanned community.

The Ponds is a $2 billion masterplanned project that delivered over 4,000 dwellings for an estimated 12,400 residents by the end of 2017.

Key project outcomes

Housing

  • 4,000 dwellings with over 700 new jobs created during the delivery phase of the project.
  • A diverse range of house and land lot sizes ranging from small integrated lots through to large lots. Dwelling styles included a mix of detached and dual occupancy homes.
  • Sixty-seven moderate income housing dwellings were delivered as part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme.

Public Spaces

  • Landscape works included planting over two million trees in Second Ponds Creek and the Cumberland Plain Woodland to regenerate the 80 hectare riparian corridor.
  • Ten kilometers of cycle and bike paths intertwine throughout the nature corridor and connect with the residential areas and community facilities.
  • Seven neighbourhood parks cater for recreational activities.
  • Two playgrounds with interactive equipment accommodate children’s activity needs.
  • Two major playing fields for several sporting pursuits were developed.

Community

Two community hubs further engender community spirit.

Sustainability

  • The design guidelines championed energy efficient house designs requiring a rating higher than BASIX. Features included recycled water for toilets and gardens, solar panels and gas boosted solar hot water systems on roofs.
  • Dual trenching connects all homes to recycled water and broadband.
  • An extensive water sensitive urban design was implemented to manage water quality and flow, enhance water conservation and minimise pollution. Five ponds and a lake were incorporated into the urban design.
  • The Ponds was the first greenfield project to participate in the Blacktown Solar Cities Program where residents were able to install solar PV systems.

Public Art

A series of contemporary art works were positioned throughout the development which depict its heritage, community culture, the environment and the importance of water.

Innovation

  • Seven design guidelines were implemented - street design, street tree design, universal housing, community facilities, open spaces, public art and built form.
  • An Ecoliving Display Village was built to showcase sustainable building design and product.

Schools

Provision of three primary schools in addition to a combined primary and high school.

Shopping

The Ponds Shopping Centre is the recipient of many industry accolades.

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The Ponds | A benchmark for excellence

The vision for The Ponds was to set a new benchmark for excellence in residential development that balanced community needs with economic benefits. Today that vision has become a reality with over 4,000 homes and more than 12,400 people calling the suburb home. The Ponds is testament to Landcom and its partners’ capacity to deliver a multi-award winning masterplanned suburb that has set a new standard for what liveable communities should reflect for future generations.

Awards

The Ponds project has won several industry awards for excellence.

  • 2015: 6 Star Green Star Retail Design V1 rating for The Ponds Shopping Centre
  • 2012: UDIA NSW Presidents Award and Residential Project of the Year
  • 2012: Urban Taskforce – High Commendation for Affordable Housing
  • 2011: UDIA Award for Professional Consultancy – Craig & Rhodes, Arup & WEM
  • 2009: UDIA Award for Professional Consultancy Clouston for The Ponds Parklands
  • 2006: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects - National Merit Award for the trunk drainage masterplan
  • 2006: PIA Excellence in Planning in Environmental Planning or Conservation
  • 2005: Housing Industry of Australia – National Green Smart Award for Design Concept

Snapshot

4,000 residential dwellings

12,400 new and existing residents

$2 billion end value

80 hectare riparian corridor

2 million plus trees planted in Second Ponds Creek

16 high profile industry accolades

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