Studio GL were appointed to create development controls for the Nowra CBD to deliver a built form that fits within the planning context and the desired future character of this important regional centre on the South Coast of NSW. Studio GL staff members, Diana Griffiths and Brigitte Buchholz, obtained detailed knowledge of the centre from their previous work on the Nowra CBD Urban Design Master Plan (while at Arup) which won a PIA award for Excellence in Planning in 2011.
Through a series of workshops with Council staff, stakeholders and the local community we created development controls designed to ensure future development would improve the visual appearance and amenity of the CBD, by minimising possible impacts on significant view corridors and identifying opportunities for civic space and fine grain pedestrian connectivity. Council endorsed the development controls in April 2016 and these are expected to be incorporated into the DCP during the first half of the year.
Client: Shoalhaven City Council
Project date: 2014 – 2016