Harcourt Town Centre Master PlanHarcourt VIC Australia
SJB designed a spatial Master Plan and implementation framework for Harcourt Town Centre, near Castlemaine, which had recently been ‘bypassed’ by the Calder Freeway. The Master Plan integrates Mount Alexander Shire’s strategic directions for the municipality, and is structured to include a vision, design principles and master plan proposal, all developed through consultation with the Harcourt community. The Master Plan brings a contemporary approach to integrating existing buildings, spaces and activities with new development opportunities, to strengthen and enhance the town centre.
A key initiative of the project is the proposed downgrading of the now underutilised Old Calder Highway, to establish a new Main Street and town centre public space, connecting existing facilities with the picturesque Creek corridor, and leveraging significant redevelopment opportunities. This plan for the town centre has significant benefits for the wider town, bringing new connections, facilities and integration for the town.
The Master Plan primarily focussed on physical interventions within the town, including streets, public spaces and buildings, but is designed to support and facilitate economic and social outcomes. It provides a range of interconnected proposals, which may be implemented over time, towards a more accessible, integrated and amenable urban area. The local community was closely involved in the process through SJB Urban’s community engagement process, and showed strong support for the Master Plan. Council adopted the Master Plan with unanimous support, and is now in the process of implementing the proposals.