Ascot Kilns Local Development Plan And Heritage Strategy

The Client
Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage
Project Team
Andrew Howe
Cath Blake-Powell
Director, Principal - Engagement
Nerida Moredoundt
Principal Architect - Heritage
Marc Beattie
Associate - Heritage
The Project

Home to the Bristile brick operation until 1982, this large post-industrial brownfield site is strategically located in proximity to Ascot Racecourse, the Swan River and emerging Golden Gateway Local Structure Plan area. Following years of decline and disrepair, the site attracted considerable attention from the local community and conservation enthusiasts, recognising that future redevelopment needs to balance heritage conservation of the remnant kilns and chimney stacks, as well as broader economic and destination drivers.

Our Role

Our role was to establish a planning and design response for the site which would enable a Local Development Plan (LDP) to be prepared, whilst conserving and enhancing the State Registered kilns and chimney stacks. The project centered on:

  • Delivery of a comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement program with a focus on articulating and educating on the complex development considerations for this site
  • An integrated heritage, landscape and urban design response for the site that was informed by community and technical input and sought to encourage and enable the retention and incorporation of iconic heritage structures into future built form and landscape
  • Finding ways to enable public interaction with the kilns (which have been fenced off for a long time) through pedestrian links, road alignments and plazas to ensure future development will contribute to and connect with the amenity of the local community.


The recommendations, plans and community engagement process provided the Department with a framework to develop their LDP. The project unified stakeholders around a clear vision for the site which celebrated its unique heritage, whilst balancing major technical considerations. These included heritage conservation and management, site contamination, economic sustainability, statutory planning issues and public recreation planning.

What We Delivered
  • Heritage Interpretation Strategy
  • Planning strategy and advice
  • Urban design
  • Master plan
  • Workshop design and facilitation
  • Stakeholder engagement strategy
  • Conservation management strategy
  • Heritage Impact Statement

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