The exclusive Town-Housing Development estate is an envisioned ultra-modern real-estate in an urban setting which comprises of residential, commercial, and other community services. Facility which when complete will serve its users in all the named aspects. This is a report that describes the crucial planning and design elements that will be considered to achieve the development thereof. Undertaking such a development requires tremendous amount of care and coordination with different relevant authorities. Add to this, most of the construction will be build-over type, hence it is necessary that enough consultation is sort from the authorities so as to ensure all underground assets are protected from being destroyed.
Physical Context of the Site
The site earmarked for construction of the estate is sitting on a land that is in a developed setting, surrounded by other estates and other community amenities in its vicinity. As such, the infrastructure around the estate is well established hence all crucial amenities, such as roads, water, electricity, and gas among others are adjacent to the site. In addition, there are social facilities on the site area such as a soccer playground, base-ball pitch and public parks that are already usable. Most of the site area is covered with trees, many of which are indigenous as well as long grass. In this regard, it will be necessary to clear the vegetation on the construction zones but also important to ensure that trees are not cut unnecessarily.
A Map of the Site area For Exclusive Town-housing Estate in Melbourne
Regulations, Standards and Policies that Govern the Development of the Site at Melbourne
The planning, design, and construction of the town-houses at Melbourne will be done in accordance to the rules and regulations that have been set for this region. To begin with, it will be necessary to observe the Victorian government rules regarding all infrastructural developments in the region. As such, a LANDATA report will be used to guide the planners and designers on how to structure the real estate. In addition, it will be necessary to consult different authorities that act as service providers for the various social utilities such as water, electricity, gas, and internet among others
A table that shows some of the rules and regulations of construction in Melbourne
A List of the Relevant Stakeholders
- APA Group Networks, Thomastown
- Jemena Electricity Networks (Vic)
- Melbourne Water
- NBN Co, VicTas
- Optus and/or Uecomm, Vic
- PIPE Networks, Vic
- Telstra VICTAS
- Yarra Trams
- Yarra Valley Water Ltd
General Overview of Real-estate Market Trends and Directions
The Australian real-estate housing market has seen a drop in the price of the houses in the recent past. A report from the Property Outlook, has revealed that the housing market especially in Melbourne and Sydney has continued to slow-down due to various external factors. However, the experts project that in the next six months, there will be a moderation in the prices in these two regions. All the same, researchers have claimed that Australia’s economy is slowly regaining its growth and this is likely to cause a higher demand on the residential apartments in the near future (Turner, 2018). Having this in mind, it would be necessary to do more research in the market pricing of houses around the site area so as to determine the most suitable prices for this particular town-houses.
Current and Future Demographic Profiles Immediate Vicinity of the site and the Bigger Context
Currently, the site is surrounded by some estates which are already habitable. As such, there are all community service utilities already set up in the vicinity of this area and it will be easy to integrate the same to the new estate. The region can be said to be having a medium population of people, but once the town-housing estate is complete, it is likely to become densely packed with people. From the map, it is evident that there are many young people, with the number of playgrounds that are within the demarcated area of construction. For this reason, it would be prudent if proper planning of the environmental planning and landscaping are taken into account so as to preserve most of the vegetation, especially trees in that area. Since the site is planned to house both residential and commercial housing, it is necessary to factor in the provision of adequate social facilities for the population such as schools, hospitals, and recreational facilities.
A Tabulated Comparison between the Possible Building Techniques and Materials, Highlighting the Advantages and the Disadvantages of each Option
In Australia, there are several techniques of construction as well as materials that can be used particularly for this project. Recently, the most usable materials in construction of homes has been emphasized on lightweight material like brick veneer, and glass which can be used for the apartments. Timber is also commonly used but may not be very much ideal for apartments. For many storied apartments and commercial buildings, it will be necessary to use masonry walls, bricks or precast concrete.
Advantages of using Brick Veneer as a construction material
- Brick veneer is a light material hence is easy to construct with and is also cheap and makes the houses more affordable.
- It is manufactured in the factory hence is precisely-engineered to fit the requirements and thus it is faster to construct using them
- It has good thermal properties
Disadvantages of using Brick Veneer in Construction
- They have low embodied energy
- They have low yield when heavy loads are applied
- They have a lower lifespan
Advantages of Masonry wall and High Mass Bricks, or precast concrete
- Thy have higher yield to withstand more loading
- They have a longer lifespan
- They can be easily maintained as they hardly get damaged during their lifespan.
Disadvantages of Masonry walls and other High Mass Materials
- They require additional insulation elements to enhance their thermal properties.
- They are expensive to use in construction hence push the overall cost of the structure high up.
- They are more difficult to construct hence take more time as compared to the lighter weight materials.
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