The development of the Waterside, Penrith masterplan required the client & developer, Stocklands, to create an ‘acoustic barrier’ to shield the proposed housing networks to the north, from the impact of noise from the existing industrial activity to the south.

The acoustic wall is 1km long, divided into stages which combine terrace housing and a bridge where an existing lake is crossed.


The act of combining terrace housing with acoustic barriers created a challenging brief with an innovative new typology. The terraces include a mix of 1, 2 & 3 bed dwellings, over 2 storeys. Together, they provide 46 dwellings at Stage 7 and 39 dwellings at Stage 10.

The architecture forms a modern vernacular, with a palette of brickwork, render and weatherboard finishes.

Quattro have played a key role in developing the typology with the Client throughout both stages, being appointed for CC for Stage 7 and then for DA onwards for Stage 10. Close working with the Builder, Richard Crookes Construction, on Stage 7 has ensured issues are captured early, resulting in a great outcome and allowing Stage 10 to be designed with the benefit of lessons from Stage 7.