working with a visionary town founder in regional victoria

Maiden Gully, Bendigo VIC

An invitation to join one of Bendigo’s most progressive town founders to shape a contemporary compact walkable neighbourhood

Roberts Day and the project consultant team led by Currie & Brown (formally the Sweett Group) assisted Birchgrove Property achieve a significant rezoning west of Central Bendigo. Roberts Day co-ordinated and facilitated a three day Planning and Design Forum involving the City of Greater Bendigo and a number of state referral authorities to shape the vision and concept masterplan for the site.

Respecting and reflecting local context

Based on the principles of timeless neighbourhood design and informed by an in depth understanding of the character of Bendigo the master plan proposed an integrated extension to the existing Maiden Gully township supporting established services within the township and fostering investment in future community infrastructure.

Deep engagement with the community

In parallel with the Council’s exhibition of the proposed planning amendment, Roberts Day led an extensive community consultation process including a community day drop in session in the Maiden Gully community hall. This novel Birchgrove initiative resulted in numerous positive submissions to the Council endorsing the development.  

Researching and visiting local, interstate and international leading practitioners and precedent

Roberts Day co-ordinated the design component of the Development Plan in concert with the City of Greater Bendigo and referral authorities. The proposal embodies an innovative mix of compact housing typologies drawing inspiration from study tours Roberts Day led of developments in Victoria, Western Australia and the United States by Birchgrove and the project consulting team. 

Client: Birchgrove Property Services: Masterplanning, Community Consultation, Detailed Design Site area: 220 Ha Number of dwellings: 1350 + Status: DPO Under Consideration

Awards: PIA The Hard Won Victory 2014

Urban Design and Masterplanning: Roberts Day Project Managers and Statutory Planning: Currie and Brown Engineering and Surveying: Terraco