ARMSTRONG CREEK TOWN CENTRE
Building on the success of the Thornhill Park project and assisting Welsh Group with progressing the project from pre-planning to permit and commencement of construction, WPA was appointed to assist with the Armstrong Creek Town Centre.
The overall Armstrong Creek Town Centre will be the civic, commercial and social heart of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth area. Guided by a prescriptive strategic framework, the PSP sets an expectation that the Armstrong Creek Town Centre is not only an attractive place, but a destination for residents and visitors to shop, live, work and play.
Following a series of initial meetings and workshops with the key stakeholders, WPA prepared the Stage 1 Planning Permit Application that incorporated the construction of the Main Street from the Surfcoast Highway, the construction of a full line supermarket, supporting retail tenancies and a future medical centre. A permit was subsequently issued in January 2018 after longstanding negotiations with City of Greater Geelong, relevant authorities and adjoining landowners.
In anticipation of the permit being granted, a second application was prepared and lodged for a series of pad sites fronting the Surfcoast Highway and incorporating a series of freeway interface uses such as family restaurants, service stations and large format retail. A permit for this approval is imminent, however as per Stage 1, works cannot commence until drainage has been resolved as the main asset is located within a parcel under separate ownership separate to Welsh Group.
Since the permit approval for Welsh Group indicated that they could not progress engineering approvals until they had acquired access to the drainage asset located in the adjoining landowners (Coles) property, it was necessary to convene a series of meetings and negotiations whereby WPA assisted Welsh Group with strategic advice. The permit issued for Coles also included a similar caveat that works could not commence until they had access to Main Street, resulting in the creation of a combined permit application across both properties. This permit application was prepared by WPA and lodged in July 2018 with input from ClarkeHopkinsClarke, Spiire, Colliers International and TTM Consulting. This submission is currently being assessed by Council and benefits from a pre-application meeting whereby it was made clear that the path of least resistance would be undertaken to allow for formal commencement of works.
Building on the proactive approach undertaken by Welsh Group on their projects, WPA assisted with the formal appointment of a Construction Management Consultant (Codicote) and supporting sub-consultants to begin planning for construction commencement from a civil and built form perspective.
It is anticipated that the project will involve multiple future stages whereby WPA will be providing project management services for the planning, engineering and construction processes.