RPS has been engaged to assist Stockland with surveying, urban planning and urban design for Pallara – a 122 ha master planned residential community in Brisbane’s south.
Working on the project for more than a decade, our Surveying and Mapping team undertook initial surveys of the area during early scoping and planning stages and is now providing principal surveying consultancy to support Pallara’s construction.
RPS’ Urban Planning team has played a critical role in gaining the approvals necessary for formerly rural land to be transformed into a thriving mixed-use community. The team has led the master planning process for more than 10 years, while negotiating all subsequent planning approvals.
Achieving approvals for Pallara has required a number of complex technical assessments to be undertaken by RPS, and this work will ensure the development is sensitive to the historical and environmental context of the area.
Once complete, Pallara will be home to around 1,500 residents across 750 dwellings, and the RPS Urban Design team has worked hard to balance the site’s natural environmental values with Stockland’s aspirations for community amenity and liveability.
Integrated structure, detailed design and streetscape plans focus on connecting residents with the natural assets and planned recreational facilities. For example, the esplanade road encircling Pallara will provide pedestrian access for residents to the adjacent environmental conservation area, while a neighbourhood centre will provide a place for the community to come together and connect.
An existing district sports park will also be updated by Stockland to provide further recreational amenity for new residents and the broader community.
A variety of residential product is planned to help build diversity and affordability at Pallara from the outset. A range of detached housing configurations are complemented by frontloaded terrace homes, while medium density ‘mews’-style homes with access off internal laneways are being considered as another affordable, low-maintenance housing option.
A 21 ha industrial area is also planned for the north-west corner of the community which will provide job opportunities for residents close to home.