Spiire’s Civil Engineering and Town Planning teams were engaged by developer WMD Group Holdings to provide support in the rationalization of the masterplan and servicing strategies, while also delivering the detailed design of Stage 1 of the Yarrah development project.
Located in North Yass, Yarrah is a proposed mixed use development precinct that will incorporate approximately 700 residential dwellings, 60 seniors living dwellings and a local activity centre. Stage 1 includes the subdivision of 62 residential properties and parcels of land for the retirement living and an activity centres.
The site’s distinctive topography presented a few unique challenges and opportunities, with its steep terrain and frontage to the Yass River. Working closely with Place Plan, the Urban Design consultant for the development, the team were able to produce a complex roads and earthworks strategy which provided a number of benefits. These included flat building parcels, facilitated maximum exposure of the river and balanced earthworks. The strategy also successfully met the Yass Valley Council design criteria.
With this being Spiire Canberra’s first development within this local council municipality, it was critical that we took the time early to carefully consider and establish design criteria. Our considered approach allowed us time to build relationships within the relevant authority which we managed through extensive research, a developed understanding of their requirements and continual communication.
The development is situated at lower level to the local sewer network, with a hill separating two halves of the site. This has introduces a complexity to our design of the sewer network as we needed to ensure the site is serviceable. Spiire have been working closely with the YVC and WMD Group Holdings to ensure the most effective outcome for the community, whilst also minimising the amount of infrastructure which needs to be managed by council in the future.
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