Setting benchmarks for sustainability and quality design in Australian industrial developments, Dandenong LOGIS is Victoria’s first fully integrated eco-industrial business park located on 154 hectares of premium industrial land. Designed in partnership with landscape architects OCULUS, Dandenong LOGIS has set a new level in quality and sustainability in industrial development in Australia.
The master plan for the site needed to provide maximum flexibility so that the client would be able to respond to requirements for different lot sizes yet simultaneously needed to guarantee locations for fixed lots and critical services. Plus was chosen to deliver the master plan project given our experience developing master plans for liveable communities. The client desired the urban design of an industrial park yet required the benefits of a commercial / residential development.
The resulting master plan features footpaths and bike paths throughout the site, onsite water recycling and treatment, extensive tree planting (and retention), sports fields and almost 20 hectares of parkland. Pedestrian and cycling access to the site was encouraged and the large variety of open spaces seek to encourage both active and passive recreation for both workers and the local community.
CLIENT | MAB
STATUS | In progress
LOCATION | Mickleham, VIC
Merrifield, Victoria’s largest mixed-use master planned city has been designed around several key principles: sustainability, liveability, and self-sufficiency. Situated just 30 kilometres north of Melbourne’s CBD, Merrifield represents a new direction for Melbourne’s expanding satellite cities, creating the perfect blend of residential, employment, retail, leisure and community facilities, which will allow residents to live, work and relax within their community.
Merrifield is carefully crafted into three portions; a residential precinct, a business park and a city centre featuring a mix of community, commercial, retail and residential uses. Plus has also been commissioned to master plan the city centre. Within the city will be a number of civic squares and community infrastructure buildings such as a community centre, health care centres, childcare and emergency services, together with other amenities that shape an emerging community. One of the driving themes is for a ‘healthy city’, one that can be explored by foot, bicycle and public transport.
New Quay Masterplan
CLIENT | MAB
STATUS | Complete
LOCATION | Melbourne, VIC
Awarded a Commercial Architecture Award from the RAIA (Victorian Chapter) in 2003 and the Property Council Award, from 1997, Plus has been involved in the redevelopment of Melbourne’s docklands. The site has since been transformed from derelict industrial ‘wasteland’ into a thriving, ’24-hour city’ combining living, work and entertainment. Plus not only master planned the New Quay precinct, but also delivered the first seven residential towers. The unique development was designed with restaurants, bars and retail outlets along the promenade.
As with Melbourne’s unique network of lanes, there are a series of laneways at New Quay that allow for unexpected discoveries. Art and sculpture are part of this discovery and are beautifully woven through the built form.
CLIENT | Stockland
STATUS | Complete
LOCATION | Tooronga, VIC
Tooronga Village represents an opportunity to both revitalise a challenging site while setting new standards in urban design and master planning.
This master plan project involved the rezoning of this complex site and developing a master plan that includes a shopping centre with speciality shops, restaurants and strata offices across two main frontages. There are approximately 600 dwellings including apartments in a number of buildings, townhouses and residences all set in a landscaped context representing the best in public amenity, urban fit and built form expression.
A sustainability framework was established to outline principles and targets to minimise the environmental impact of the project. Measures included achieving potable water savings, reduce wastewater discharges, reduce stormwater pollution and improve the recreational and visual amenity.
Neutral Bay Masterplan
CLIENT | Capital Land Australia
STATUS| In progress
LOCATION | Neutral Bay, NSW
This master plan of a large site in Sydney’s Neutral Bay is designed to create a self-contained, activated precinct whilst also opening up pedestrian traffic and solving the headache of parking in this busy area. Located just off one of the areas busiest thoroughfares, the master plan takes advantage of the unique attributes of the site.
After careful research, Plus determined that once the cumbersome office building was removed, there was an opportunity to create an entirely new and vibrant area, akin to a village within a village. The proposed scheme offers an elegant new office building with the ground floor given over to retail, including cafes and a supermarket. There will also be restaurants and services such as much-needed childcare facilities. Heritage listed buildings such as the church and fire station are maintained. A smaller residential apartment block will also offer a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Plus worked closely with landscape architect Ross Shepherd to include generous planting in the scheme to create a lush and verdant setting.
CLIENT | Devcorp
STATUS | Complete
LOCATION | Footscray, VIC
Inspired by the delicate balance between the post-industrial and residential landscape, this rejuvenation of a rivers edge site with a high-rise multi-residential development explores the possibilities of transformation in Footscray.
The concept hinges on the crucial mentality of community circulating through plazas and green spaces, bringing a unique and landmark presence to the skyline through the four individually characterised towers.
Moonee Ponds Masterplan
CLIENT | Prince Development Group
STATUS | Complete
LOCATION | Moonee Ponds, VIC
Located in vibrant Moonee Ponds, the design for this master plan presents a singular bold expression for Hall Street, providing a relatively short building with the required gravitas to anchor the future precinct in a clear and calm manner.
The architectural language is not one of needless pattern making and forced manipulation. Rather it is driven by considerations of urban fit, scale and future context. The articulation of the building envelope is both unifying and highly adaptive.
Sorrell Street Masterplan
CLIENT | Confidential
STATUS | Complete (competition)
LOCATION | Parramatta, NSW
Plus participated in the Design Excellence Competition for 2 Sorrell Street in Parramatta, establishing our vision for this site in this fast-changing part of the city.
The site is strategically located across the proposed civic link which will bring people to the future MAAS Powerhouse precinct on the Parramatta Riverfront. The proposal will create the backdrop for cultural events and will play a key role in establishing the future character of this place and Parramatta.
The building envelope is established by the solar access plane ensuring the southern riverbank is not overshadowed in mid-winter. The natural topography of the riverbank and its relationship to Sorrell Street creates a layered ground plane which will engage with the public domain activated through retail and commercial uses. The rich and natural landscaped character along the riverfront is conceptually extended into the build form creating three distinct forms over the podium.
Conceptually the build form is eroded by nature and the river to establish clearly legible building components which will form a sculptural composition within the available building envelope. A contrast in materiality, combined with strong recesses and the use of landscape expression strengthen this concept. The horizontal façade expression conceptually extends from the ground plane up the building onto the rooftop terraces. The fine grain of façade and horizontal layering creates a dynamic interplay of form whilst creating a dynamic composition of form which will be highly visible from the Parramatta waterfront.