Armadale Active Sporting and Community Hubs Master Plans

Engagement
Design
The Client
City of Armadale
Project Team
Cath Blake-Powell
Director, Principal - Engagement
Andrew Howe
Director
The Project

In May 2012, the City of Armadale engaged element (along with CCS Strategic) to undertake community engagement, planning and design analysis to prepare active sporting and community hub master plans across four sites. In March 2013 we were appointed to prepare a further two active sporting and community hub master plans for Bob Blackburn Reserve and Gwynne Park. This master planning project promotes active parks and reserves as 'community hubs' where the community can come together to have many of their sporting, recreational and community needs met.

Our Role

element worked with the City to prepare six master plans balancing a wide variety of sporting, community and leisure needs across diverse geographic areas, whilst ensuring community expectations were met. Community and stakeholder engagement also formed an integral part of the projects.This took place before and after the preparation of draft master plan design concepts. This staged approach enabled engagement activities and outcomes to constructively inform and shape the preparation of each of the master plans. Key tools utilised included user group and resident workshops, technical team workshops, Council workshops, surveys, online information and feedback, hard copy displays, presentation and feedback sessions and project signs on site.

The master planning for Bob Blackburn Reserve and Gwynne Park involved a higher level of engagement with the City of Armadale community and key stakeholders than the former master plans due to the regional significance of the facilities contained within each (Armadale Arena and Armadale Aquatic Centre). Our re-appointment to prepare these master plans demonstrates the City’s satisfaction with our past performance and our depth of experience and competency in masterplanning and community engagement and stakeholder management.

Outcomes
What We Delivered

• Community and Stakeholder Engagement
• Masterplans across 6 sites.
• Urban Design

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