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Sep 05, 2017 built & urban heritage
Windsor Bridge Project Strategic Conservation Management Plan

Project overview

  • Strategic Conservation Management Plan
  • Commenced 2016, due for completion in 2017


  • Roads and Maritime Services

Thompson Square, in the centre of the NSW town of Windsor, is an important remnant of colonial town planning. Formalised by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1810, the Square and surrounds reflect early colonial planning, overlaid with changes and alterations over the 19th and 20th centuries. Key among the modifications has been the provision of a bridge over the Hawkesbury River.


Thompson Square is one of the oldest public squares in Australia. It is the only public space remaining from the original town and has played an important part in the history of the town. The Square reflects Macquarie’s visionary schemes for town planning excellence in the infant colony (Sheedy 1975).

The Project

Extent were commissioned to develop and complete a Strategic Conservation Management Plan (SCMP) to:

  • Develop strategies, guidelines and actions for the conservation of the heritage significance of the subject site.
  • Provide an overview of the history, significance and management requriements of Thompson Square.
  • Guide the mitigation and interpretation efforts of the project.
  • Provide a strategic understanding of the place and its significance for its long-term management.

Download the Project Sheet here