Calibre’s proactive and collaborative approach was essential in helping to realise the Pentridge Prison Redevelopment vision to create a vibrant, well-designed urban village that invigorates an important historical asset.
Perfectly located to become the new heart of Coburg, this urban renewal project sees the significant prison site transformed into a new community hub complete with housing, retail, community areas and public open spaces.
A particular priority was to preserve the site’s historic integrity, most notably characterised by the famous bluestone walls. Thoughtful design and high quality construction has seen the new buildings seamlessly integrated with the existing heritage assets.
Realising the vision
Calibre were the lead engineering consultant for the public realm master planning. The schematic design set the engineering framework for the redevelopment of the heritage prison, including five heritage buildings and associate features, plus a mixture of retail, commercial, entertainment, tourism and residential uses (GFA circa 140,000m2).
The team worked closely with the client to address the integration of landscape and heritage features with the civil works, water sensitive urban design (WSD), ecological sustainable design features and services (water, sewer, firemains, recycled water, electricity, etc).
Calibre subsequently prepared the detailed design for the public realm civil engineering works and provided construction supervision.