In 2020 Hodyl & Co worked with Nine Buildings on the redevelopment of Brunswick Market - a 3060 sqm site on Sydney Road, Brunswick. The aim of the residential and commercial project is to provide housing types that appeal to a diverse mix of residents and accommodate alternate living arrangements, with commercial offerings shaped to respond to resident need.
Hodyl & Co coordinated a community engagement program designed to capture the Brunswick community's insights to inform the housing types and commercial offering at Brunswick Market. We worked to understand the needs and wants of the local Brunswick community and connect with people of diverse backgrounds to understand perspectives outside of the mainstream. The approach included demographic and spatial analysis of the local area & local populations, design of interactive online surveys, and online and in-person workshops. You can view the Community Engagement Report here.
The findings of Hodyl & Co's spatial and community research were used by Nine Buildings to inform the design of housing typologies and selection of commercial offerings for the Brunswick Market redevelopment which will be released to the public in 2021.
Central Geelong Urban Design Guidelines
Geelong is a recognised UNESCO City of Design with aspirations to deliver design excellence which enhances the city's unique identity and heritage attributes. Central Geelong is experiencing significant change and development pressure and has the opportunity to harness this growth to contribute to the city's continued revitalisation. Updated Urban Design Guidelines are required to guide this transition.
Key challenges include the need to deliver on the strategic objectives for Central Geelong, to underpin the guidelines with a nuanced understanding of Geelong's valued character as a north-facing waterfront city, to identify limitations in existing policy and its implementation and to position sustainability as central to design quality.
The Work We are Doing
Our work focuses on identifying existing character areas, analysing the physical and spatial context of Geelong, consideration of the scale of development needed to support population and economic growth and recommendations for sensitively integrating new development within the existing urban structure and heritage precincts.
The Urban Design Guidelines focus on delivering a well-designed, sustainable and vibrant city centre.