Johnson Property Group’s (JPG) ‘Vermont’ development at Pitt Town consists of approximately 900 premium residential lots and associated community facilities. With a minimum lot size of 1500m2, the Central Precinct provides a rare opportunity in Sydney’s north-west for large family homes with extensive outdoor living space.
Orion was engaged as the engineering design lead on Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Central Precinct. Orion also supported the JPG team in the broader project management of the subdivision, from DA through to delivery and registration.
An Indicative Layout Plan (ILP) had been adopted by Hawkesbury City Council for the development of the Central Precinct. While the ILP as a whole provided an acceptable urban design outcome, the fragmented ownership of the land meant that lots were not able to be delivered in an efficient manner. This compromised the overall yield and value of the development.
Due to delays in the delivery of the regional stormwater infrastructure, the engineering design needed to ensure the yield and cost impacts to the temporary detention basins were minimised.
Orion worked closely with the developer to realise the most efficient layouts from the lands within its ownership. At the same time ensuring that the overall integrity of the Central Precinct and the intent of the adopted ILP was retained.
Orion’s design team ultimately delivered
- An efficient subdivision layout,
- A balanced cut to fill across the first 3 stages,
- A practical stormwater solution that minimised temporary works.
By evaluating each land parcel individually, as well as within the broader ILP, Orion was able to maximise the saleable area within each stage. The design also ensured that individual stages could be approved, delivered and registered in isolation if required. This eliminated any reliance on subsequent development consent(s) or further land acquisition to realise their full value.
Civil & Stormwater Design, Project Management, Urban Design