An innovative urban strategy and sustainable urban design optimised the public domain and brought a critical mass of residents to a fledgling retail and services centre, ensuring its survival from the outset.

A key objective of the master plan and public domain delivery was to balance the roles of meeting place, marketplace and traffic way, without compromising green space or future expansion.  

Strategic location of The Rise apartments placed residents at the heart of the community centre, close to major retailers, 200 hundred speciality stores, restaurants, medical centre, a library and cinema and excellent transport links. The 104 apartments feature a variety of layouts, contemporary open plan and quality finishes. 

Design was delivered by a consortium of three architectural practice – AJC in association with Rice Daubney and Group GSA. In 2010, Rouse Hill Town Centre was named one of the five winners of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence, along with LA LIVE (Los Angeles), Miasteczko Wilanów (Warsaw), The Southern Ridges (Singapore), and Thin Flats (Philadelphia). 

Project Facts


Dharug Country, Rouse Hill, NSW


GPT Group


Architecture, Urban Design




Brett Boardman


2010, ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence, Winner

2009, UDIA Awards for Excellence, Mixed Use Development, Winner

2009, PCA Innovation & Excellence Awards, Best Shopping Centre Development, Winner

2009, PCA Innovation & Excellence Awards, Overall Winner

2008, National Architecture Awards, Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, Winner

2008, UDIA Awards for Excellence, High Density Residential, Winner

2008, Banksia Awards for Environmental Excellence, People’s Choice Award, Winner

2008, NSW Architecture Awards, Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, Winner

Key Contacts

Michael Heenan
Director, CEO View profile

Brian Mariotti
Director  View profile

Scott Norton
Studio Director, Interiors View profile