Clayton masterplan wins excellence award
The blueprint for the next 20 years of development at Monash University has won the 2016 Victorian Award for Excellence under the ‘From Plan to Place’ category by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
The Clayton masterplan, designed by Monash University’s Buildings and Property Division and MGS Architects, was recognised for achieving positive and tangible change as a result of planning by bringing a plan to life on the ground.
The Executive Director of the Buildings and Property Division Bradley Williamson said the win followed a highly successful year of awards for the University including three 2016 Victorian Architecture Awards, the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ Victorian Award of Excellence for Urban Design, and two sustainability awards.
Mr Williamson said the masterplan established a unified vision and ordered structure for the future development of our campus.
“It aligns the University's physical identity with the strategic goals outlined in Focus Monash and pursues excellence in every facet of campus development. It guides the physical transformation of our campuses, enriching the experience and adapting to meet the needs of our growing campus community.”
The masterplan focuses on the evolution of Clayton into a campus of excellence and as a leader in education and research distinguished by world-class design that encompasses environmentally sustainable infrastructure, welcoming buildings and engaging landscapes.
All masterplan projects are underpinned by the aspiration to provide high-quality learning and teaching spaces, and are supported in their realisation by renowned design consultants.
“As stewards of the University estate, we’re planning responsibly for the future. The masterplan helps us transform that plan cohesively into an exciting place. It defines the measures of success which are being realised in every project we undertake – from the curation of our public realm spaces, to implementing our pedestrian-orientated path network, through to our green-star certified major capital works projects,” Mr Williamson said.
Key realisations of the masterplan vision include:
- a focus on dynamic precincts rather than individual built forms
- hubs for learning and collaboration
- a strong primary walk network and pedestrian focused public realm
- enhance retail offerings and socially energised spaces
- efficient public transport networks including an integrated regional transport hub
- integrated student accommodation to improve learning outcomes
- a curated public art strategy
- celebration of and investment in native flora