A concept design or master plan defines a proposed design strategy and broad outcome for a site. It seeks to explore the opportunities possible to achieve the client’s vision, brief and budget whilst addressing the site’s physical constraints and statutory and other requirements.

It involves extensive client discussions, undertaking a detailed site analysis, preparing sketch designs (which are working drawings that explore a variety of arrangements and scenarios) and presentation of a preferred design solution.  This usually takes the form of plans or drawings and sometimes includes design strategy reports.  Depending upon the type of project (e.g. subdivision, private dwelling, streetscape) the concept plan may show the locations of certain uses, access points and circulation routes, pavement and other surface finishes, critical design levels and proposals for plant species and materials to be used.

This plan can be detailed to a level suitable for lodgement with a development application or used as a master plan to guide construction of landscape works by a skilled contractor.

Some recent or significant examples include:

  • Lake Ainsworth Recreation Precinct
  • Lennox Head Village Centre Upgrade (in collaboration with Ballina Shire Council)
  • East Ballina Cemetery expansion
  • Kings Court Reserve Parklands (including exploration of a water park concept)
  • Clark Street industrial and mixed use precinct, Ballina
  • Kadina Park (Neighbourhood Park) Renovation, Goonellabah
  • Investigations for rural residential land uses at Byron Bay and Tyagarah
  • South Byron Sewage Treatment Plant site master plan options (with GHD)
  • Site planning investigations for incorporation of tourist cabins at the Byron Bay Bowling club
  • Alstonville Cemetery niche, youth and pre-term baby areas
  • Residence for children with special needs, Lennox Head
  • Nesbit Park, East Lismore (Playground and Sporting Precinct)
Concept Design and Master Planning