The project is a multi-residential development in the outer northern suburb of Macleod (formally known as Mont Park). Unlike standard estate developments currently being produced in Victoria, it strives to strike a balance with the natural environment and uses existing trees as backdrop for the new environment. The natural parklands of the Gresswell Hill area have been used as a retreat to today’s bustling city environment, which the estate hugs, and picks up much of the colour and tone through its materials and finishes. This ensures a closer relationship to the Hill and its fauna than to the surrounding suburb of Macleod.
The development is segmented into 12 stages which make up 4 Precincts. Precincts 1-3 are located at the foot of the hill and form the base network of lots and roads that lead through and out of the development. The hill sits to the northernmost edge and encompasses Precinct 4. Within precincts 1-3 are the Village Hub and Village Common, which provide a central core to the development, creating playground areas and community buildings as well as parkland and social spaces. Also included in this area are the Wetlands and Red Gum Common.
Cox Architecture was responsible for developing the overall masterplan and design guide for the estate in consultation with the developer Urban Pacific, various community and authority departments. Cox Architecture was also appointed as the Town Architect with the main role to administrator the design guide throughout the estate.
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National Award for Excellence in Masterplanned Developments, UDIA 2005
Award for Environmental Excellence, UDIA 2005
State Award for Excellence in Masterplanned Developments, UDIA VIC 2004
State Award for Environmental Excellence, UDIA VIC 2004
State Award for Excellence in Urban Design, PIA VIC 2004
State Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning or Conservation, PIA VIC 2004
State Award for Urban Design, RAIA VIC 2004
National Award for Excellence in Residential Developments, UDIA 2004
State Award for Excellence in Urban Renewal, UDIA VIC 2003
State Award for Excellence in Residential Development over 400 lots, UDIA VIC 2003