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The City of Darwin has awarded Hames Sharley the contract to deliver a masterplan for the revitalisation of Bundilla Beach, with the aim of enhancing liveability to create a world-class tourist destination.

The masterplan for Bundilla Beach will consider the site’s social, environmental, and cultural values and outline the short- and longer-term vision for the underutilised beach and surrounds. These will be identified through an extensive analysis of the site, including engineering surveys and geotechnical investigations.

These works will inform a series of concept designs that will be presented to the community and relevant stakeholders, giving locals the opportunity to have their say and be involved in shaping the outcome.

Hames Sharley’s Darwin Studio Leader and local Adam Prentice said he wanted to make Darwin “the most beautiful place”.

“It’s fantastic, I grew up in Fannie Bay so it’s an honour to win a project such as this,” he said.

“Our practice is full of experienced master planners and urban designers and architects, and we want to bring out the very best of what this place has to offer.”

Hames Sharley has previously completed major planning projects in the Northern Territory, including Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus, and the foreshore at Nightcliff.

Hames Sharley Senior Associate Alex Quin said that this was a fantastic opportunity for the City of Darwin.

“We have the opportunity to transform Bundilla Beach into an exemplary, world-class place for locals and visitors to experience, connecting this section of the waterfront into existing successful developments nearby.”

“We are looking forward to engaging with Darwin residents and stakeholders, so we can hear what they have to say and determine what is the best outcome for this place, for everyone.”

Hames Sharley will work in closely with Territory architect Hully Liveris and Darwin landscape architect Tony Cox from Clouston.

The masterplan is expected to be delivered by the end of the year, allowing construction to commence before the next dry season.