Southern Precinct

Property Precinct E

 

A detailed Design Excellence Strategy plus Urban Design Guidelines have been prepared for the Southern Precinct of the University, also known as Precinct E. A subsequent Precinct Development Plan is currently under development.

The staged Precinct Development Plan process allows for detailed plan development and refinement of precincts within the overall framework of the approved Concept Plan. The Precinct Plan uses the broad parameters approved in the Concept Plan and then builds on the Concept Plan's principles of extension of the existing geometric layout, the creating of clear orientation and efficient formation of streets. The open space network, building layout and pedestrian links generate freedom of movement and a sense of place. The design of streets focuses on pedestrian amenity, landscape treatment and the control of traffic to reduce vehicular impact.

Development of the Precinct E plan confirms the key elements identified in the Concept Plan. These include:

  • Accommodate up to 330,000m2 of commercial floor area within the precinct;
  • Link new public spaces (i.e. station forecourt and new university common) with major pedestrian routes;
  • Establish view corridors along primary pedestrian routes;
  • Upgrade and visually strengthen the arrival and entry points to the precinct with landscaping and signage;
  • Allow for the progressive demolition of existing buildings and parking structures;
  • Minimise adverse overshadowing on adjoining properties;
  • Demonstrate a high level of architectural design quality and energy efficiency in new building;
  • Protect and enhance the University Creek riparian corridor;
  • Incorporate Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) principles within new development;
  • Establish 'entry statements' at the Balaclava and Herring Road entrance to the Campus;
  • Create a sense of open space and allow a visual link towards the Academic Core through building setbacks on Herring Road and Waterloo Road;
  • Locate active uses such as retail shops, cafes, and restaurants around the station portal area;
  • Create an address to the Academic Core within the established grid pattern of the Campus
  • Minimise vehicular impacts on the pedestrian network and the Academic Core.