Stockton Peninsula Defence Housing
Defence Housing Australia
Stockton Peninsula, NSW
Fort Wallace 32 ha; Rifle Range 112 ha
The disused sites present a great opportunity to contribute to the growing Hunter region with easy access to Newcastle CBD together with key opportunities to improve and protect sensitive coastal ecology andcultural heritage.
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) commissioned Architectus to lead a team of consultants to undertake planning and design services for the future mixed use master plans for these strategically important and sensitive sites.
The project has included liaising with key state and local stakeholders including Newcastle and Port Stephens Council’s and the NSW Department of Planning, on the sites importance to the emerging Hunter Regional Strategy. The design team is working with DHA toprovide master plans that respond to the unique cultural heritage and ecological conditions of the sites.
The proximity of the sites to the sensitive dune ecology behind Stockton Beach means that the proposals are highly specific to their environment, influencing both the nature of the built form – calling for a light touch on the ground, as well as the civil and drainage design and the approach to landscape and open space where dune access and the risk of invasive species will need to be carefully managed.
Both sites have heritage significance with remnant defence infrastructure informing the master plans and the integrated public open space strategy for the wider peninsula and Newcastle as a whole.