Monash Clayton Masterplan wins national award for excellence

The blueprint for the future development at Monash University has won the 2017 National Award for Planning Excellence in the ‘From Plan to Place’ category, awarded by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). A PIA national award is the highest accolade for urban and regional planning in Australia.

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Artist's render of the Masterplan vision for the Monash Clayton campus 

The blueprint for the future development at Monash University has won the 2017 National Award for Planning Excellence in the ‘From Plan to Place’ category, awarded by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA). A PIA national award is the highest accolade for urban and regional planning in Australia.

The Clayton campus Masterplan, a collaboration between Monash University’s Buildings and Property Division (BPD), MGS architects, Aspect Studios, Irwinconsult, MGAC and Collaborations, was recognised for transforming an ambitious plan on paper into tangible change on the ground.

The contributions of all project partners – internal and external, design or otherwise, large and small – are acknowledged and celebrated in this award. Jocelyn Chiew, Manager Campus Design, Quality and Planning, accepted the award on behalf of the University at a PIA presentation ceremony in Sydney on May 3.

BPD Executive Director, Bradley Williamson, said the win was a welcome recognition of Monash’s vision to plan responsibly for the future.

“It’s testament to the dedication and hard work of the team of people who have worked tirelessly to develop this plan, from its inception to its implementation,” Mr Williamson said.

“Our Masterplan is one of the many ways we are investing in the Monash community, giving people what they need to prosper today, and 20 years into the future. The Masterplan presents a cohesive vision for the future of the campus, aligning the University’s physical identity with Monash’s strategic goals.”

Creating dynamic, vibrant and sustainable spaces that allow members of the Monash community to reach their full potential is the focus of the Clayton Masterplan. All campus developments aim to provide high-quality learning and teaching spaces coupled with world-class design that encompasses environmentally sustainable infrastructure, welcoming buildings and engaging landscapes.

“As stewards of the University estate, we have a commitment to invest in the future. The Masterplan outlines how we’ll be improving our education and research facilities and embedding sustainable outcomes into every project. And we’re bringing that plan to life – from the creation of hubs for learning and collaboration, 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

To find out more about showcase projects being delivered under the Masterplan, visit the featured projects webpage.