Parliament Square

Parliament Square

Parliament Square is located directly behind the Tasmanian State Parliament building on the rising topography of Sullivan’s Cove. Bounded by Murray, Davey Streets, and Salamanca Place, the site includes heritage buildings from the 1840’s through to the inter-war period of the 1930’s. The Parliament Square project removes invasive structures and opens the heart of the site to new public domain linking Salamanca Place to Murray Street.
The central open space is supported by a series of intimate spaces that offer opportunity for a variety of outdoor experiences and facilities whilst creating a harmonious and unified precinct with a strong sense of identity and social inclusion.

Parliament Square offers a central public space that works as a platform placed on the side of the hill, affording outlook over Sullivan’s Cove and offering a level space for community gathering and events. The central open space is supported by a series of intimate spaces that offer opportunity for a variety of outdoor experiences and facilities whilst creating a harmonious and unified precinct with a strong sense of identity and social inclusion.

The proposal maintains a contemporary urban environment with active edges interfacing with the Hotel and Salamanca Office Building and presents opportunities for pedestrians to experience places to move through, move to, or simply enjoy the site. Key vantage points to observe views across Sullivans Cove and Derwent River will be retained and augmented by the new retail facilities.

Strong visual connections across the site are enhanced by strategically placed and carefully detailed landscape elements drawing persons into the site and guiding the eye. The new retail facilities, hotel outdoors seating, show kitchen in the Red Brick Building will contribute to activation at the edges of the plaza. A kiosk structure at the eastern edge will take advantage of the views of Sullivans Cove and will extend the activated perimeter of the plaza. The associated outdoor seating and landscaping will enliven the plaza space and provide increased activity.

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