Highlands – Masterplanned Development

Highlands – Masterplanned Development

Client: Stockland, awarded while employed for SMEC Urban. We acknowledge that the award includes much larger precinct at Highlands where only one part, Mount Ridley, has been masterplanned by the team lead by Tatjana Medvedev.

2013 UDIA National Excellence Award for Masterplanned Development

Project brief

The Urban Design Team was challenged with the task of creating an urban design masterplan and providing supporting documentation for Highlands first premium residential village. The brief  outlined combining an existing hillside location, integrating the potential of new housing solutions and providing an overarching landscape character to create a sense of place for this new precinct at Mount Ridley.

Client’s expectations:

Masterplan had to meet design and commercial objectives and introduce new ideas that would represent Stockland as a leader in the industry while providing best liveable neighbourhoods.

About the location, historic time, Council’s culture and their acceptance of the ideas:

The Team explored various housing products that suited sloping sites, Council’s hill top protection policy and environmental and sustainability initiatives. Open space strategy was created as a creative research workshop process where all ideas were on the table challenging structural functional and aesthetic principals to its best outcome.  

A collaborative approach involving a broad range of stakeholders in a series of workshops provided the appropriate forums for new and challenging ideas. This involved working with the Highlands Team, the Stockland National Design House and Hume City Council.

The result was a robust Masterplanned Vision document that met Stockland’s design and marketing objectives whilst including the broader Project Commercial deliverables.

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