Brown Property Group engaged Ground Control in 2013 to prepare a landscape masterplan for the new community of Highgrove in Clyde North, and continuing with design and documentation of streetscapes and open space. The development comprises some 890 housing lots with a focus on pedestrian and cycle connectivity from all homes to 5.25 hectares of formal parks and reserves, entry gateways, advanced street & park tree planting.
The construction of the flagship 1.63 hectare neighbourhood park was completed in late 2017, featuring a main promenade linking the adjoining linear reserve to the high point of the development — commanding views to Westernport and excellent connections of all parts of the park. This focal point incorporates a contemporary pavilion (designed in conjunction with Dock4 Architects), BBQs, picnic settings, etc., and features Hillview Quarries granite walling, significant bespoke balustrading and a special blend of exposed aggregate paving. A set of hard-paved dual multi-purpose courts, a large playspace and a grassed active recreation/kickabout area completes the main reserve layout.
A new take on the Cranbourne Meteorites creates a different kind of colonnade from Highgrove’s main entry on Berwick-Cranbourne Road, through the 300 metre long linear reserve and continuing into the neighbourhood park. These heroic sculptural elements were created in collaboration with Agency of Sculpture on an integrated series of strategically placed public art installations in open space areas.
Two further local parks have been designed and are due for construction in 2018, with one more reserve to go to complete the open space for the new community.