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Master Planning – Precincts + Communities
Place making is at the forefront of our design process and we are committed to providing spaces which contribute positively to the fabric of society.
Successful public spaces and precincts rely on the creation of pedestrian movement, connectivity and activation at ground level. Integration of street furniture, dining and retail spaces have been an effective way to achieve this and add value from both a public and commercial perspective.
We use innovative design techniques to deliver projects which are people based and community driven. By integrating our experience across diverse project types, we are able to bring together the narrative of the suburb, the site and its people to articulate the vision.
Below is a selection of recent master planning projects for precincts and communities.
City West Master plan
Arkhefield worked with the City West Task Force, Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, to prepare a master plan for the City West precinct at Petrie Terrace. The project vision for the precicnt was to revitalise the area into a more liveable, prosperous and connected place.
The overarching design strategy was based on a ‘public domain’ lead approach:
- to design around people, delivering a walkable grid of streets and spaces that offer a safe, legible, attractive and comfortable environment for all users;
- as the organising structure of any place;
- as the means by which connections (in terms of both movement and exchange) are made ;
- as the means by which new connections can be provided to disconnected places;
- to provide the framework for social and economic renewal; and
- to support and guide sustainable private sector developments.
This master plan later formed the framework of the redevelopment of The Barracks site which was completed by Arkhefield in 2008.
The Brickworks residential redevelopment is in the inner urban ring suburb of Alderley on the north side of Brisbane. The site has an industrial history, with a heritage listed, 50 metre tall chimney – a remnant from the former Brickworks company of the early 1900’s. This chimney is a landmark for the surrounding region and was an obvious focus of our design.
The client required the site to be redeveloped to accommodate medium density living whilst creating a community which would fit comfortably with its suburban neighbours. An emphasis was on developing the site to accommodate a number of townhouses to meet an appropriate development yield without compromising the design integrity and vision for the community. The character code over the site also necessitated the need to create a development in harmony with the timber & tin context.
Circa Nundah Village
The site for Circa Nundah Village is located in the centre of the city fringe suburb of Nundah, adjacent to the Nundah Railway Station. Arkhefield’s master plan for Circa Nundah Village has been designed to the principles of transit oriented development—one of the first such initiatives in Brisbane. The plan combines commercial, retail and residential elements within an integrated public arena, while interfacing with the transport hub and surrounding community.
The new buildings are strongly interconnected yet clearly distinct, optimising amenity, accessibility and privacy. A series of external spaces create opportunities for outdoor dining and public use, while encompassing the entry to each building.
Circa Nundah Village sets new standards for urban renewal, and serves as a model for future transit oriented development. In addition to the master plan, Arkhefield has also designed and delivered the key components that make up the precinct:
Categories: Master Planning