Featherbrook Estate is a 111 hectare, mixed-use development located in Point Cook, Victoria.
Spiire was engaged to create a new neighbourhood that would foster a healthy and happy community. The brief also asked us to ensure there was a suitable mix of lot sizes to encourage a range of housing types.
It soon became clear that clever usage of open space and green infrastructure was the key to the development’s success.
Firstly, we needed to preserve and protect the significant grasslands.
It was also essential to develop a new system of wetland reserves and creek corridors throughout the site. This improved the drainage flows and water quality benchmarks.
Finally, we had to work out how to design a strong pedestrian and cycle network that would easily link the community with the facilities. We achieved this by integrating the wetlands into passive open spaces.
Another major consideration for our team was how to create three distinct, yet different, residential areas within the development.
The solution was to separate them in to the Village, Grassland and Parkbrook Precincts.
The Village Precinct focuses around retail and community facilities, a school, active open spaces and a local park.
The Grassland Precinct is situated around the highly sensitive grasslands that were retained and protected along with parkland.
The Parkbrook Precinct is located around the linear drainage reserve, which contains wetlands, a strong pedestrian network and another local park.
Now completed, Featherbrook Estate includes 1,390 residential homes set amongst an abundance of recreational and community facilities.
Residents now enjoy using a full size Australian Rules football, cricket oval and other play equipment.
In recognition of the success of the project, Featherbrook Estate won the Asia Pacific Property Award 2014 for Mixed-Use Development of more than 250 lots.