James leads team to top award
South Golden Beach landscape architect James Nash has led a team to win first prize in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (NSW) inaugural climate change competition called ‘Sea Change’.
The prestigious competition, which attracted global entries, called on entrants to seek creative design responses to a sea level rise for Sydney Harbour.
James and his team focused on identifying and classifying the swimming beaches of the outer harbour and designing strategies for continued access and recreation that would be sensitive to both the existing beach character and the inter-tidal environment.
“As the beaches are adapted for a rising sea, the beauty that attracts people to these places is not lost,” he said.
“Through decisive design, the adapted beaches continue to offer people a place to access the harbour for the simple pleasures of swimming in the ocean.”
James has donated his time and creativity to develop landscape designs for the grounds of the South Golden Beach Community Centre and the park on the western side of the Helen Street footbridge.
Angela Dunlop, secretary of the South Golden Beach Progress Association, said the community was proud to have such a high-calibre landscape architect in its midst.
“Upon completion, his plans will greatly enhance the amenity and uniqueness of our neighbourhood,” she said.
FOOTNOTE: The Helen Street footbridge will be officially opened at 10 am next Tuesday.