Our team and some of our clients were lucky enough to receive a visit from our UK counterpart Keith Brown last week.
The weather turned it on for our three teams who competed in the AustralianSuper Corporate Triathalon Series last Sunday. We look forward to seeing this become an annual event on the David Lock Associates' social calendar.
We'd also like to extend our thanks to Sean Stephens from Essential Economics who filled one of the swim legs.
Great effort team DLA!
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‘The fastest, best-connected places will win in the new global economy.’- John Kasarda
Transportation infrastructure has always shaped business location, commercial activity and urban development. Just as highways were the main drivers of urban development in the 20th century, and railroads in the 19th century, airports are now becoming the main determinants of business location and growth in the 21st century.
‘Future Directions for Social Housing (in NSW)’ was released in January 2016, it sets out the NSW Government’s plan to transform the current social housing system over the next 10 years to meet the needs of the 21st Century.
Our UK office has been announced as a finalist in the 2016 Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence with Sport England for their 'Active Design' guide in the category 'Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-Being.'
The ageing Waterloo social housing estate will be redeveloped into a world-class vibrant community with more social, affordable and private housing, following the NSW Government’s announcement of the new Waterloo Metro Station.
David Lock Associates was part of the team awarded the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) state award (Tasmania) for 'Best Planning Ideas - Large Project.'
The Victorian Planning & Environmental Law Association (VPELA) recently held a seminar where the theme was 'To plot ratio or not to plot ratio?' Industry experts discussed the recent introduction of an interim plot ratio control in the Melbourne CBD (Schedule 10 of the Design and Development Overlay) that has taken the industry by surprise.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have released 'Essentials of Urban Design.' Written by David Lock Associates very own Mark Sheppard, Essentials of Urban Design explains the fundamental concepts of urban design, providing the understanding and tools needed to achieve better design outcomes.
David Lock Associates announces the appointment of Kirsty Smith in our Sydney operations.
By Sean Hua
Car drivers are apparently significantly more stressed on their commute than those that use other means of transport, as observed in this study in Montreal. Having to budget more time for their commute and the unpleasantness of the journey contributed to unhappy commuters. Have drivers have been conditioned to believe driving is the best way to get to work, and more importantly, do they have no other choice but to get to work by car? Would commuting drivers switch to public transport if they had better access to it?
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By Brodie Blades
What comes to mind when you think of the word ‘Council’? Are you transported to a dynamic world of smiling faces capable of efficient decision-making, logicality and world-class customer service? Or the complete opposite? If you are in the latter category, it may surprise you that today’s typical Australian local government is an organisation that is becoming increasingly cognizant of the importance of efficiency and service delivery – even so far as progressing towards a more neo-Liberal ‘business model’ operation in which the achievement of self-sufficient, financially viable organisations is of paramount importance. One method of achieving enhanced viability, cost-effectiveness and efficiency in the local government sector is through Council amalgamations.
New interim controls over density and built form in the central city were gazetted without warning late on Friday 4 September 2015. Amendment C262 to the Melbourne Planning Scheme introduced:
- A new schedule to the Design and Development Overlay (DDO10) which contains mandatory controls in relation to maximum podium height and minimum tower setbacks, and a discretionary maximum plot ratio (density) control.
- Mandatory maximum height controls in place of the current discretionary height controls in DDO2 (CCZ), DDO7 (Former Fishmarket Site Northbank), DDO40 (River Environs), DDO60 (Southbank) and DDO62 (Bourke Hill).
- Mandatory requirements in the Central City Zone except Fishermans Bend (CCZ1-3) in relation to overshadowing of the north bank of the Yarra River and wind impacts.
- Changes to Clauses 22.01 (Urban Design within the Capital City Zone) and 22.02 (Sunlight to Public Spaces) to align with the interim controls above (replacing the previous 24m tower separation policy in Clause 22.01).
The Amendment also made the City of Melbourne a referral authority for all applications in the central city with a gross floor area (GFA) greater than 25,000m2.
David Lock Associates and ARUP are pleased to announce the winner of our Re:imagine the Junction student competition is Carlos Reyes. Carlos is an Urban Design post graduate student from the University of Melbourne.
David Lock Associates has provided urban design input to inform the preparation of the Tunstall Square Structure Plan. The Structure Plan will inform and provide direction for future land use and built form of the centre over the next 20 years. The Plan sets out a number of actions intended to ‘stitch’ the two parts of the centre and to the surrounding urban fabric and to stimulate local economic and social needs. More specifically, it provides strategic direction and detailed recommendations to improve the identity of the public realm and landscape needs.