NMBW worked as part of a team with Lyons Architects and GLAS Urban to prepare a master plan for the Monash University Peninsula Campus, Frankston, 2016. It was the assessment of existing buildings and the future requirements for new teaching spaces and on-site student accommodation. The distinctive qualities of this campus are its landscape setting and flora and fauna. From early on we established a landscape led approach for the project.
The valley running through the campus was broadened and strengthened such that the natural environment can become the key asset of the university. Through the planned staged implementation of built and landscape works, water that was previously piped underground along the valley is being drawn back to the surface returning the fluctuating presence of the water in the campus and the life that it sustains, strengthening bio-diversity and experiential qualities supporting inside and outside learning spaces.
The first stage of bringing back the water to the surface as part of landscaping works has been successfully implemented by GLAS Urban, and was awarded in the recent, 2020 Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture awards. The master plan document was crucial to maintaining support and funding for these important landscape works so crucial to the larger vision.