Hodyl & Co are currently working with SGS Economics and Planning to develop a Student and Shared Accommodation Policy and Design Guidelines for Monash City Council. The aim of the project is to improve the quality of built-form and living experiences for students, and facilitate the provision of well-located and designed student and shared accommodation.
While applicable to the entire Monash LGA, the project focuses on the provision of high-quality student and shared accommodation in the Monash National Employment and Innovation Cluster (NEIC), which includes Monash University.
Our work will focus on the role of student and shared accommodation in the local housing market, its impact on aspirations for the Monash NEIC, and recommendations of best-practice design standards assist Monash Council in encouraging high quality urban and architectural design outcomes for student and shared accommodation.
Moonee Ponds Built Form Framework
Moonee Ponds is a neighbourhood in the inner-north of Melbourne. It is an identified Major Activity Centre centred on Puckle Street, the traditional high street. The Moonee Ponds Activity Centre was the first project announced in the state government's Activity Centre Pilot Program. This program sought to identify how planning controls in activity centres could more effectively support adopted council strategies, provide clarity on the use of height controls and provide certainty for the community on the future scale of development. The key impetus for the program was community concern over the approval of a 30-storey tower development that is double the preferred height limit specified in the planning policy.
Hodyl & Co were engaged to develop built form controls for the Moonee Ponds Activity Centre. Our work proposes revised planning controls that respond to the valued character of the precinct, that improve design outcomes and that contribute to the delivery of identified strategic objectives within the centre. The controls need to support projected population growth, retention of jobs, expansion of employment opportunities and the delivery of high quality open space and affordable housing.
The built form controls must successfully deliver design excellence on large complex strategic sites, as well as catering to smaller, infill sites. Our design process was iterative and involved extensive built form testing that led to the establishment of context-specific built form controls.