SMEC is working with Development Victoria on the integration of the sustainable infill development in Melbourne’s northwest growth corridor. Taylors Quarter is a 171-lot development in Taylors Lakes, 23 km northwest of Melbourne.

SMEC appointed our specialist team of experts in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture to present viable project outcomes.

SMEC’s Urban Design team delivered design concepts for the subdivision master plan, including street layout and lot placement, production of building envelope plans, design guidelines and marketing plans for the project. Whereas SMEC’s Landscape Architecture team managed the detailed design and delivery of streetscapes and public open spaces within Taylors Quarter.

Unique forward-thinking design

During the development of Taylors Quarter, SMEC’s Urban Designers and Landscape Architects approach the project with community connectivity and passive surveillance being front of mind. Consequently, the forward-thinking design resulted in beneficial outcomes arising on the completion of the project.

SMEC’s successful project impact can be seen through the detailed design and unique project features. Streets have been designed to provide an efficient topography response to ensure adequate drainage as well as optimal solar orientation for housing. The design also caters for multi-functional community spaces, facilitating sustainable travel via walking and cycling, low-level residential form encouraging passive surveillance, WSUD based drainage design, optimal solar orientation-based masterplan and street network design and street tree design to provide a connected shade canopy. Unique to the project is the proposed wind-powered renewable energy servicing the neighbourhood park. The concept of regenerative energy in playgrounds enables children to learn the concept of power through activities of play. The installation creates its own source of energy helping to raise awareness of broader environmental issues amongst people who live at Taylors Quarter and the existing local community in Taylors Lakes. The layout of the park also carefully considers the connectivity with the surroundings context, delivering engaging areas near the existing bus stop and along the major road (McCubbin Road).


Talk to one of our specialists about our role on Taylors Quarter Project.