Taylors Hill is a 2,000 allotment residential subdivision on 226 hectares in Melbourne’s north west, developed and project managed by Morton Homestead Pty Ltd (Lawport Property Group). The developers played a very active and welcome role not only in keeping a close eye on budget control, but also in the fine detail of the development, keen to ensure every aspect of each stage was completed to a high standard.
This commitment is evident in the non-standard thematic elements, including street lights, street signs, bollards and entry signage, designed by Ground Control specifically for Taylors Hill to establish the estate’s thematic.
Ground Control was involved with the Taylors Hill development since its inception in 1999. Since completing the landscape master plan, Ground Control designed and documented over 56 stages of the Taylors Hill estate, including streetscapes, screening reserves, arterial and collector road landscapes, many small ‘pocket’ parks and six major community reserves, totalling in excess of 20 hectares of landscaped open space. We worked collaboratively with Breese Pitt Dixon (planners/civil engineers) over the 17 years of the life of the Taylors Hill project, proposing landscape considerations for better planning and civil design outcomes.
The seventh and final major neighbourhood park was completed in 2013, part of a single stage works value exceeding $1.3M (2018 values). This reserve incorporates a 500 metre running rack, central pavilion, playground, tennis court, lighting and an AFL 50 metre goal area equal to approx. one third of a full-size AFL oval.
Tree and plant selection to park spaces, arterial & collector roads and local streets was limited to selected native & hardy exotic species suited to the harsh soil & climatic conditions. The majority of trees planted at Taylors Hill were locally grown at a tree farm in Keilor to ensure each tree was acclimatised to the local conditions and given the best chance to establish with minimal ongoing assistance.