Cloverton Estate: Victoria’s City of the Future
Mega Victorian urban development project, Cloverton Estate has been featured in the Association of Land Development Engineers (ALDE) publication, Conduit Magazine. The article looks at how a large masterplanned community will use creative landscape masterplanning to tell site stories of the past, present and future whilst accommodating the growing city’s evolving needs.
Scheduled for delivery over the next 30 years, Stockland’s Cloverton Estate is set to be the largest urban development project in Victoria providing homes to around 30,000 residents when complete.
Set on over 11,200 hectares in Melbourne’s north, the site contains a rich landscape, including the Merri Creek, Bald Hill (an extinct volcano) and major stony knolls.
Being a landmark project for Victoria, Stockland wanted to ensure that the new community captured a landscape fitting of the city’s scale and evolving needs as well as embracing the site’s historical origins.
Jason Shaw, Regional Manager of Residential Development at Stockland said: “The challenge to Spiire was to ensure that the community’s growth was supported whilst celebrating the natural and cultural features of the landscape.”
In response to the landscape brief, lead Landscape Architecture consultant Spiire in collaboration with Heritage Insights worked with the Wurundjeri Elders to create a series of stories through play which reflects the site’s history.
An evaluation of the site’s historical assets as well as a cultural heritage management plan was undertaken which involved a site tour and storytelling by the Elders. A key focus of the site tour was on how the Wurundjeri used the landscape for food production, communication with adjacent tribes, and tool and weapon fabrication.
As part of this process, Spiire’s Principal Landscape Architect, Matt York undertook a series of workshops on site with the Wurundjeri. This identified different models of storytelling throughout Cloverton’s open space strategy, of which the Merri Creek Park was a focus. This will see playscape and parkland design influenced by the fishing and production methods of the Wurundjeri along Merri Creek.
“For us to be able to bring to life rich, cultural site stories it was critical that we understood the traditional landowners’ interactions with the site and involved them in retelling these stories to the future residents of Cloverton,” said Matt.
Design of future landscape works for the rest of the development are currently underway with the extinct Bald Hill volcano to be the feature of the next major palyspace at Cloverton.
Read the full article published in the ALDE Conduit Magazine, issue 62 here.