Completed Projects

Government, Commercial and Residential

 

 

Strategic planning sees regional Court HQ progress to development smoothly

Project

Shepparton Law Courts

Value

$73 million

New Shepparton Law Courts (Photographer: Chris Matterson)

In order to facilitate the development of the $73 million Shepparton Law Courts, Maureen Jackson Planning assisted Court Services Victoria to minimise planning risk. This included: 

  • Providing a detailed planning due diligence report highlighting the risks and avenues to overcome these risks
  • Recommending a way forward that would be most cost and time effective.
  • Providing the least risk option of undertaking an Incorporated Plan Overlay and concurrent rezoning of the land and request approval from the Minister for Planning 
  • Engaging with the City of Greater Shepparton in order to agree on the approval mechanism, framework and conditions for approval.
  • Ensure the framework was flexible in order to facilitate the future design and development of the building to proceed smoothly.

The major challenge of this project was to ensure that the proposed use and development would be considered as one of regional significance in order for the Minister for Planning to be the Responsible Authority and for Council to agree to this process to facilitate the development.

Throughout our consultative process we were able to agree that no separate public consultation process was required as the development of the courts was considered a goal of the community. This delivered significant time and cost saving in the overall process.

The process, post due diligence, required the acquisition of an additional property in order to provide sufficient land area, as well as strategic consultation with Council and members of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to set the framework.

Other considerations to this project included the retention and incorporation of the existing 1930’s Shepparton Court House into the overall precinct and rezoning the land to ensure the zone reflected the uses on site.

Uniquely, through this process the approval framework was agreed to prior to the plans being finalised.

The result was the smooth process to development of the iconic new regional headquarters for the Hume and Goulburn region, which comprises multi-jurisdictional courts in a modern, environmentally sustainable and aesthetically striking building.

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Shelford Girls Grammar expands to deliver excellence in education

Project

Shelford Girls Grammar School – STEAM Wing

Client

Shelford Girls Grammar School

Value

 $2.8 million

Partners

Shelford Girls Grammar, Clarke Hopkins Clark, City of Glen Eira

Shelford Girls Grammar School – STEAM Wing (3D Render: Clarke Hopkins Clarke)

Shelford Girls Grammar school has had an established presence in the Glen Eira area since 1898. In line with the school’s ongoing drive for excellence in education and in particular in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) the school had purchased an adjoining property in the past with the goal of future expansion and facility upgrade.

Unfortunately a covenant on title prohibiting anything other than a single dwelling made the approval process more complex.

Working with the school board and property manager, Clarke Hopkins Clarke as the architects for the project and in consultation with the planning department of the City of Glen Eira, a planning scheme amendment and planning application were lodged.

In this instance, the only other viable course of action would have been to apply to the Supreme Court to vary the covenant and then if successful separately apply to Council for approval of the use and development.

The planning scheme amendment was undertaken to vary the title to specifically allow the development of the building based on the plans lodged with Council.

Objections were made from adjoining property owners, however Council officers supported the amendment and application and requested Panels Victoria to provide the Council with a recommendation.

The process from commencement took approximately 2 years and led to the approval of the development and variation of the covenant. The school is currently in the process of finalising the plans with the aim of commencing development on the site, enabling it to enhance its delivery of education to all students into the future.

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Project

Mernda Police Station

Client

Victoria Police

Architect

Six Degrees Architects

Mernda Police Station (Photographer: Chris Matterson)

With the support of the project team and the City of Whittlesea the new station was approved within 60 days of submission.

Project

222 Bulleen Rd, Bulleen

Client

Peddle Thorp Architects

Architect

Peddle Thorp Architects

222 Bulleen Rd, Bulleen Residential Development (Peddle Thorp Architects)

This medium density development consisting of 6 three storey and 1 two storey apartment was approved with no recourse to VCAT.

Project

Our Lady of Mercy College, 52 Cape St, Heidelberg

Client

Our Lady of Mercy College

Architect

Clarke Hopkins Clarke

Design, Art and Technology Building, OLMC, Heidelberg (ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects)

The new infill expansion to the school consisting of 2 new multistorey buildings was achieved with no recourse to VCAT despite objections to the proposal.

Project

Geelong Technical School

Client

The Gordon

Architect

Vincent.Chrisp Architects

Project: The Gordon, Geelong Technical School, Geelong (vincent.chrisp architects)