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Atherstone Estate Development

Atherstone is a master planned community located 38 km west of Melbourne’s Central Business District incorporating significant community facilities and transport links.

With an overall site of 481 hectares, the development will ultimately accommodate 4,300 dwellings and 14,000 residents, a 100-hectare regional park with two active sports reserves, two primary schools, a neighbourhood centre and childcare facility as well as a town centre that will include large retail and commercial areas, and a train station.

SMEC is providing an extensive range of consulting services on the project, including urban and master planning, civil design, statutory planning, the delivery of large scale wetlands, bridges, trunk water and sewer mains, and associated civil infrastructure. Our services include civil engineering, surveying, urban design, town planning, transport planning and Smart Cities advisory.

The development required excavations for roads, sewers and services. Anticipated subsurface conditions comprised shallow basalt rock, which is considered challenging for earthworks. A geophysical survey was undertaken to support geotechnical findings, which would provide a more accurate interpretation of the ground conditions.

SMEC’s geophysics team investigated the seismic velocity distribution of subsurface materials. The results enabled better estimations for site earth works and excavations.

Technical Area:
Civil Engineering
Urban Design
Town Planning
Transport Planning
Smart Cities Advisory
Urban Development
Atherstone is, in essence, a smart community. The People-In-Motion data capture program produces insights that better inform the design and optimisation of community services and facilities.

An innovative pilot project, the Smart City People-In-Motion data capture program, is being undertaken to enable our client to better understand the movement of people within the development and how they are using the facilities.

To capture these insights, SMEC is project managing the installation of an integrated, near real-time data capture process that uses Wi-Fi and cellular sensors to collect and analyse data, which is fed back to –a map-based decision support system.

This data will help our client to better match services to the needs of the community as well as inform planning of the development and similar future projects in the municipality.

Atherstone is a joint venture between Melton City Council and Lendlease Communities, one of Australia’s largest land development companies.

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