A spatial masterplan provides an over-arching structure for developing a site. It supports or creates a long term vision for the client and is also the tool that can make a compelling case for participation, funding and investment in that vision.
The job of the masterplan is to create a flexible, sustainable framework of clear connections, useable areas and appealing public spaces. It is particularly important for larger developments with a complex interplay of functional, circulation and site planning requirements.
A good masterplan will give direction about the siting and design of buildings, spaces and activities, and it will also provide for flexibility over time. To help achieve this, Beca has developed a staged methodology over the course of many years’ experience working on education campuses, town and city centres and precincts, airports, infrastructure projects and industrial sites.
1. Information gathering and analysis – assessing the opportunities and constraints of the existing site, spatial and infrastructure needs
2. Design principles – the vision and high level objectives to underpin the design
3. A preferred concept – creating options for arranging buildings and spaces to suit future activities
4. Finalising the masterplan – refining the preferred option, confirming a functional brief, design controls and guidelines, cost and budget estimates, implementation and staging
Once the masterplan is completed it becomes a living document which can (and should) be periodically updated to incorporate realigned business needs and objectives, or changing circumstances. It must be pragmatic as well as aspirational, functional as well as innovative.
This is why a masterplan needs intensive consultation with the client and stakeholders to understand their needs, and why it needs a multidisciplinary team working collaboratively from concept through to delivery.
Beca has specialists in masterplans at all scales – from the city to the site – that are contextual and responsive.