SALI Awards: Gold Award of Excellence
By designing a blue/green network that connected restored ecologies across the site.
The masterplan saw natural systems – streams and shelter belts, dams and forests create the structure of the site, turning it into Somerset Lakes – a place where people want to live.
Water resources are an asset. A water sensitive urban design strategy created an extensive natural wetland area and green belts connected across the site to guarantee resilience in a drought afflicted region. Stormwater is harvested within the local catchment area and treated through slow filtration. Water vulnerability is addressed by absorbing flooding events and replenishing the water table for future droughts.