The innovative Port Arthur Dockyard project has received the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Project Award for Design in Landscape Architecture.
The award was presented to Hobart firm Inspiring Place and names the winners as Inspiring Place, Lynda Warner, Red Arrow, David Travalia and the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.
According to PAHSMA Director of Conservation and Infrastructure, Dr Jane Harrington, the number of collaborators reflects the complexity of the project.
“The Dockyard project incorporated archaeology and historical research, detailed planning and design, development of interpretative elements, graphic design, landscaping, sculpture, audio design and landscaping to bring the previously hidden story of the Dockyard precinct to life for visitors.”
It has also been an opportunity to highlight the extraordinary skill set of the staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site, with considerable input from Greg Jackman (Archaeology Manager), Julia Clark (Interpretation and Collections Manager) and from Ross Reid and John Featherstone who supervised the tireless work of the grounds and works crews.
Since being officially opened by Minister Wriedt in May, the Dockyard precinct has become an important additional feature and component of the Port Arthur story.
“A lot of emphasis has been placed on the punishment and cruelty surrounding Port Arthur’s Convict History”, said Dr Harrington.
“The Dockyard is a significant way in which we can tell the important story of the industry and development that was based at Port Arthur, and which played an important role in the development of Tasmania.”
Dr Harrington congratulated all the collaborators on the win, and in particular the Port Arthur Historic Site staff who were central to the project.