Client: The Cusack Family / Riverview Group
The Canberra Carotel Motel and Caravan Park has been a long established and indeed loved Tourist Park that has serviced thousands of Canberra visitors for decades not least of all the many school groups that visit the National Capital. The Cusack family has owned the 20Ha for many years now and more recently purchased adjacent parcels of land – Blocks 3 and 4, Section 95. With a view to creating an upgraded and improved facility, AMC was originally commissioned in 2014 to prepare a masterplan to relocate the Canberra Carotel to the adjacent site Block 3 Section 95 which, once approved, would allow the staged relocation of a number of the buildings associated with the original site and the removal of many of the existing buildings which have reached the end of the lifecycle.
AMC was then engaged, as part of the Riverview Group Team, to develop a masterplan for a new residential subdivision on the original site on behalf of the Cusack Family in early 2016. An important briefing consideration for the Cusack Family was to masterplan a very high quality boutique subdivision that would create a legacy as part of their ongoing commitment to the region and to their long term ownership of the Canberra Carotel. The land has a number of high quality trees including remnant Eucalypts and introduced exotic species. The site also benefits from marvellous views to the adjacent Majura Range and back to Canberra city. AMC developed numerous masterplan concepts s to achieve a logical subdivision arrangement, efficient road network, integrated pedestrian networks and to preserve as many of these trees as possible to enhance the final outcome. The final masterplan arrangement incorporates a mixture of single dwelling parcels (66), attached dwellings (64) and multi-unit (48 dwellings) sites for a total of 178 dwellings. These included a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom dwellings to cater for a range of occupiers, as well as dwellings for the downsizer market. This work informed the preparation of an Estate Development Plan which was endorsed in late 2016 allowing the project to progress to detailed design and sales.
The development includes a higher density core of attached townhouses built around a central Village Green / Pocket Park positioned to retain attractive stands of Chinese Elms and Pin Oaks. The Village Green will become the focal point of the new community, providing both active and passive play spaces complemented by new tree plantings, surrounded by a low speed, shared roadway that services the surrounding terraces. Other features of the subdivision masterplan include maximising views to the nearby and attractive Watson Ridge, providing an attractive development presentation and address to Antill Street and the provision of a main central axis road that works its ways through the natural contours of the site to Aspinall Street. AMC was subsequently commissioned to design a range of townhouse typologies purposed designed for the subdivision arrangement to ensure a strong and attractive address to the Village Green, providing a wonderful amenity to dwellings as well as ensuring a lively and safe community space. AMC was also engaged to support the preparation of Design Guidelines for single dwelling lots to ensure the resulting homes are built to the highest design standard to further enhance the outcome.