The Sunshine Coast has long been a destination of choice for those seeking a relaxed, coastal lifestyle, and as one of South East Queensland’s fastest growing regions, new communities are bringing new opportunities to the Coast.
Responding to the increased demand projected for the region, RPS client AVID Property Group (formerly Investa Land) has recently commenced work on the $3 billion Harmony development at Palmview.
And, while the first sod has only just been turned, the commencement of construction at Harmony represents many years of work and successful partnership between RPS and AVID.
Harmony by name, harmonious by nature
Engaged to provide a range of urban design and surveying services for Harmony, RPS’ has worked to AVID’s brief for a community that offers all the lifestyle amenities that Sunshine Coast residents love, while capitalising on the economic, social and environmental opportunities of a fast-evolving region.
For people to live well in a new community, great housing must be supported by robust infrastructure and amenities that reflect and enhance the character of the area. Our work on Harmony has been about helping our client to strike the fine balance between these factors.
RPS assisted in the development of the structure plan for the Palmview Master Planned Area, which has formed the blue-print for land use, infrastructure and open space across the Harmony masterplan. It has also allowed our urban design team to cross-check design solutions against Harmony’s environmental, social and economic objectives.
This work has been supported by our surveying and mapping team, who have undertaken numerous survey works for Harmony, both during the initial planning stages, and ongoing now that construction is underway.
Planning successful partnerships
Over a number of years, the RPS urban design team has assisted with the preparation of policies and plans, including working closely with AVID and Sunshine Coast Regional Council on the structure plan for the Palmview Master Planned Area, and the Palmview Structure Plan Infrastructure Agreement.
Finalised in 2015, the Agreement has led to a $5 million co-investment under the Queensland Government’s Catalyst Infrastructure Program (CIP) - funding that will kick-start the development of water management and sewerage service infrastructure for the community.
The Agreement will ensure adequate funding arrangements are in place to facilitate the development of critical infrastructure as the community grows over the next 15-20 years – from roads and water, to sewerage, parks and lifestyle amenities.
A masterstroke for coastal community
RPS has led Harmony’s master planning process and the detailed design development of roadways, open spaces, activity centres, and living options. Not only will residents have a great living experience in their houses, they will also have great shops, schools, community facilities and a distinctive linear open space system that is easy to access.
Our team is excited to have contributed to this project and our looks forward to seeing the community grow and evolve.