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Scone Town Centre Masterplan

Studio GL were commissioned by the Upper Hunter Shire Council to prepare revitalisation plans for the town centres of Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi. The objective of the Masterplans is to provide a framework that encourages investment and supports the revitalisation of the local town centre.

Scone is an established rural town with a rich history, well known as the ‘Horse Capital of Australia’ and a local community who are committed to improving their town centre. Council are motivated to refresh the character and functionality of this centre to improve its amenity for the residents of Scone and to ensure the facilities welcome and encourage future visitors.

Council believed that an essential component to this process was the involvement of the local community during the creation of the plans. Studio GL developed and ran a series of community consultation and engagement events including workshops, drop in sessions and online feedback through Social Pinpoint to encourage this involvement.

Studio GL finalised the draft Masterplans in March 2016 and they were on public exhibition from April to May 2016. The final masterplans were adopted by Council in June 2016.

 

Client: Upper Hunter Shire Council

 

Project date: 2016

 

Services: Town Centre Studies, Masterplanning, Community Engagement, Strategic Thinking & Planning

 

Similar Projects: Five Dock Town Centre Urban Design Study, Merriwa Town Centre Masterplan, Aberdeen Town Centre Masterplan, Murrurundi Town Centre Masterplan, Panania Town Centre, Nowra Riverfront Precinct

Merriwa Town Centre Masterplan

Studio GL were commissioned by the Upper Hunter Shire Council to prepare revitalisation plans for the town centres of Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi. The objective of the Masterplans is to provide a framework that encourages investment and supports the revitalisation of the local town centre.

Merriwa is an established rural town on the Golden Highway with a rich history and an engaged local community who are committed to improving this small town centre. Council are motivated to refresh the character and functionality of this centre to improve its amenity for the residents of Merriwa and to ensure the facilities welcome and encourage future visitors.

Council believed that an essential component to this process was the involvement of the local community during the creation of the plans. Studio GL developed and ran a series of community consultation and engagement events including workshops, drop in sessions and online feedback through Social Pinpoint to encourage this involvement.

Studio GL finalised the draft Masterplans in March 2016 and they were on public exhibition from April to May 2016. The final masterplans were adopted by Council in June 2016.

 

Client: Upper Hunter Shire Council

 

Project date: 2016

 

Services: Town Centre Studies, Masterplanning, Community Engagement, Strategic Thinking & Planning

 

Similar Projects: Five Dock Town Centre Urban Design Study, Scone Town Centre Masterplan, Murrurundi Town Centre Masterplan, Panania Town Centre, Nowra Riverfront Precinct

Strategic Centres

Studio GL, working with HillPDA, were engaged by the NSW Department of Planning & Environment to assess the viability and future strategic development of sixteen of Sydney’s strategic centres and consider the opportunities and the barriers to economic growth for each centre.

Studio GL generated analysis diagrams that identified the key urban design characteristics of the centres, including the barriers to access and movement and the location of key land uses. We also attended half-day workshops with HillPDA to identify the spatial characteristics, to brainstorm the characteristics of successful centres and to identify opportunities for short-term wins as well as the potential game changers.

Inspired by this project Diana Griffiths wrote an article with Elle Clouston from HillPDA for the New Planner (September 2015) titled “Successful centres: protecting Sydney’s long-term productivity” which can be viewed online at: http://www.planning.org.au/documents/item/6981

 

Client: NSW Department of Planning & Environment

 

Project date: 2015

 

Services: Strategic Thinking & Planning, Research, Transport Urban Design

 

Similar Projects: TAP Station Precinct Upgrades 

Port Kembla Town Centre Facade Upgrade

The Port Kembla Town Centre is currently undergoing significant revitalisation. To support the on-going improvements throughout the retail precinct, Wollongong City Council engaged Studio GL, along with John Oultram Heritage & Design, to undertake a Town Centre Façade Upgrade Audit and to develop a Design Guide.

Working collaboratively to assess and document all 86 properties in the study area, Studio GL and JO H&D focused on the physical condition, street activation and streetscape character of these predominantly Inter-War and Post War buildings.

The Town Centre has retained much of its 1930’s era building stock and the Design Guide was prepared to support building owners and tenants in the process of undertaking façade upgrade works such as awning replacement and façade painting, so that all works support the historic character of this unique area.

Using a range of graphic techniques, the Design Guide clearly identifies the key elements of the character of the area and provides suggestions for how to enhance and strengthen the streetscape along this historic retail street.

 

Client: Wollongong City Council

 

Project date: 2017

 

Services: Town Centre Studies, MasterplanningStrategic Thinking & Planning

 

Similar Projects: Merriwa Town Centre Masterplan, Scone Town Centre Masterplan, Aberdeen Town Centre Masterplan, Murrurundi Town Centre Masterplan, Nowra CBD Development Controls, Five Dock Town Centre Urban Design Study

 

Murrurundi Town Centre Masterplan

Studio GL were commissioned by the Upper Hunter Shire Council to prepare revitalisation plans for the town centres of Scone, Aberdeen, Merriwa and Murrurundi. The objective of the Masterplans is to provide a framework that encourages investment and supports the revitalisation of the local town centre.

Murrurundi is an established rural town with a rich history, vibrant arts culture and a local community who are committed to improving this small town centre. Council are motivated to refresh the character and functionality of this centre to improve its amenity for both the residents of Murrurundi and to ensure the facilities welcome and encourage future visitors.

Council believed that an essential component to this process was the involvement of the local community during the creation of the plans. Studio GL developed and ran a series of community consultation and engagement events including workshops, drop in sessions and online feedback through Social Pinpoint to encourage this involvement.

Studio GL finalised the draft Masterplans in March 2016 and they were on public exhibition from April to May 2016. The final masterplans were adopted by Council in June 2016.

 

Client: Upper Hunter Shire Council

 

Project date: 2016

 

Services: Town Centre Studies, Masterplanning, Community Engagement, Strategic Thinking & Planning

 

Similar Projects: Five Dock Town Centre Urban Design Study, Scone Town Centre Masterplan, Merriwa Town Centre Masterplan, Aberdeen Town Centre Masterplan, Panania Town Centre, Nowra Riverfront Precinct

Dora Street, Hurstville

Studio GL was commissioned to work with a firm of local architects, Architecture and Buildings Works, to prepare a scheme that responded to the context and provided appropriate built form massing for a mixed-use site at Dora Street, Hurstville. The DA proposed the construction of a 14 storey mixed use building with a four storey street podium. The proposal included commercial and retail uses at the ground floor with residential uses on the higher floors.

Studio GL analysed the surrounding urban context, identified the applicable planning controls and provided commentary on concept designs as they developed. We also prepared an Urban Design Report that assessed the proposed massing and form of the mixed use development against SEPP 65 and Apartment Design Guide considerations.

The final scheme “was approved at the panel with no changes. I would almost call it a dream run… A great team effort by all!” Jim Apostolou, Architecture and Building Works.

Client: Icon Construction Group

 

Project date: 2017

 

Services: Residential Design

 

Similar Projects: Strategic Planning & Built-form ControlsConcept Design & Feasibility Analysis,Urban Design Review

Medium Density Housing Code Analysis

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment released the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code and accompanying Design Guide in April 2018. The code allows two-storey dual occupancies, manor house and terrace development to be carried out under a complying development certificate process.

Studio GL support the need for a diverse range of successful medium density typologies and the intent of the new Code and therefore embarked on this self-funded research project. The outcome of our research is grouped into findings by typology (dual occ, manor or terrace), lot characteristics (corner or mid-block, wide, narrow, deep, shallow) and feasibility (footprint, type of construction, amount of floor space and circulation). We developed and tested complying conceptual designs and compared controls outlined in the Code with the planning controls of several LGA’s in NSW.

This enabled us to identify which development type, on which lots, and in which locations, are most likely and most unlikely to occur. Based on this research we are able to provide tailored advice to our clients on the opportunities and challenges posed by this code.

 

Date: 2018

 

Location: NSW wide

 

Services: Strategic Thinking & Planning, Residential Design, Research

 

Similar Projects: Medium Density Ideas Competition, Medium Density Study

TAP Station Precinct Upgrades

Over the last few years Studio GL have worked on a number of Station Precinct Upgrades as part of Transport for NSW’s Transport Access Program (TAP). The TAP project is an initiative to provide a better experience for public transport customers by delivering more accessible secure and integrated transport infrastructure.

Studio GL’s scope of work has included preparing a detailed urban design analysis of the station precincts including the local topography, built & landscape character, pedestrian experience and access issues. We collaborated with the wider project team of architects and engineers to review the opportunities and options for upgrades and developed urban design principles that reflected the analysis of the existing conditions, constraints and opportunities to ensure good urban and transport outcomes.

In 2015 Studio GL worked on an upgrade to the Jannali Station in Sutherland Shire. Project deliverables included the preparation of artist impressions to communicate the design and its context to stakeholders and the local community.

 

Client: Transport for NSW

 

Project date: 2013 – 2015

 

Services: Transport Urban Design, Strategic Thinking & Planning

 

Similar Projects: Strategic Centres 

Concept Design & Feasibility Analysis

Studio GL was commissioned to prepare concept options for subsequent feasibility testing for a site located in Drummoyne. Council had received a Planning Proposal that was seeking a substantial increase in building height and was surrounded by significant heritage items dating from the 1910s and 1920s. We provided concepts so Council could understand the impact of different development options including terrace house development and 3-storey and 4-storey apartments.

We also provided advice on possible changes to the Planning Proposal scheme that would lessen the impact on the surrounding area. Our recommendations included increased setbacks, a reduction of overall floor space by decreasing apartment sizes, relocation of tall building elements such as lift overruns to improve sunlight access to neighbouring properties and a redesign of the basement carpark to increase deep soil zones and the opportunity for significant vegetation and tree planting.

 

Client: City of Canada Bay

 

Project date: 2015

 

Services: Feasibility Pre-Design, Residential Design

 

Similar Projects: Strategic Planning & Built-form ControlsUrban Design Review, Dora Street Hurstville

The Turf – MAAS Architecture Commission 2019

Studio GL’s entry for the 2019 MAAS Architecture Commission was called ‘The Turf’, which proposed transforming the Powerhouse Museum’s forecourt into a visible, welcoming and inviting green space. One aim of the Turf was to ‘lift the lid’ on the absence of green spaces in this part of Sydney.

Conceived of as a grassed platform upon which events could occur, and as an oversized ‘backyard’ for the surrounding area, the Turf was designed as an oasis where people can engage with design at the most basic level through a series of inclusive, diverse and temporal interventions developed in partnership with community groups or where they can just hang out and enjoy the space. A program of events identified activities that were designed to last a few hours, with others stretching over many days.

The curve of The Turf at the southern end increased visibility of the green, creating a gentle containment and making the space appear larger. From within the space, the view is drawn to the city skyline and the blue summer sky. Some of the activities that were planned in the space included lectures, music, storytelling, crafting, napping, organised, sports events, water play, movie night, food and a Referendum Day.

 

Date: 2018

 

Services: Community Engagement