The brief was to design a sustainable accommodation village, supporting the workforce of local gas fields in the Surat Basin as part of the long term development goals of the Miles community.

Laycock Road Village

The master plan responded to diverse project requirements, including the density demands, its challenging rural context, and the needs of the village operators, patrons and staff. Key to the project success was a development that had a legible urban design strategy combining a range of integrated landscape zones and built form in a comfortable and safe environment.

The design embraces the opportunities for residents to engage with a new, vibrant community, providing neighbourhoods of passive and active community infrastructure, including recreational facilities, public amenity, accessibility and transport. Connected to this community infrastructure are places for personal respite, with residential precincts to relax and rejuvenate between shifts.

The master plan strategy is based on key urban design principles of permeability and legibility. It includes a network of pedestrian-orientated landscaped boulevards and streets, connected to significant community green spaces and public facilities. The strategy provided for flexibility in staging, developing the community infrastructure at the centre so that residential precincts can be incrementally developed from this heart. Buildings have been orientated north-south to protect them from the harsh Miles’ climate, with shaded verandas, screening, covered walkways and landscaped courtyards providing a high quality liveable environment for its residents.

The outcome is a master planned accommodation village that incorporates robust urban design principles and diverse project requirements into a highly functional and liveable environment for its residents.

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