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Students help design one of Melbourne’s biggest residential centres

08 Mar 2017

Melbourne Polytechnic’s 3rd year Bachelor of the Built Environment students of 2016 were gifted with the chance to influence the development of one of Victoria’s biggest residential developments, Stockton’s Cloverton Estate in Melbourne’s north.

Cloverton will be home to up to 30,000 residents, and will be one of the largest master planned community developments in Victoria, incorporating primary and secondary schools, businesses, an 80 hectare conservation area, and a tertiary education institution.

The Bachelor of the Built Environment students worked with the architectural firm ClarkeHopkinsClarke (CHC) on a master planning exercise for Cloverton.

“We had to design and model a high quality city centre and urban village, bringing to life the future Cloverton Masterplan Community, which covers an area the size of Carlton through to St Kilda,” said CHC Urban Designer Bart Curnow.

“ClarkeHopkinsClarke has a long history of providing students with professional opportunities, supporting our industry’s future leaders. We thought this was another great opportunity and were pleased to have the Melbourne Polytechnic students working with us and sharing their fresh ideas.”

The students were part of an exciting design process modelling all the buildings and infrastructure that make community life. The students were allocated precincts to focus on including education, health, arts & culture, community, residential and retail – essentially the core elements which contribute to healthy, sustainable, and liveable communities.

This was as much an exercise in designing how one building looks as it was about how every building must contribute to the city as a whole. Participating student Jim Sidiropoulos was a keen participant in the Cloverton planning exercise.

“It was a great opportunity to put into practice what we have learned, and I got a valuable insight into the master planning process,” he says.

“I think having this type of practical experience while studying will be a real advantage when I am ready to look for work.”

Jim’s dream job would be working with an architect he admires; someone like Nonda Katsalidis, who designed the iconic Eureka Tower, or David Seeley, whose surf coast homes are inspired by the landscape in which they dwell.

The next step, currently underway, is transforming these models into 3D visualisations and animations bringing the Cloverton vision to life – an achievement Melbourne Polytechnic students and ClarkeHopkinsClarke are very proud to have helped create. 

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