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Education

We recognise the importance of providing tailored advice to educational facilities that involve the movement of hundreds of people.

Education
Education

By adopting simple and intuitive designs, we can maximise existing campus conditions and deliver an environment that balances the needs of all visitors and considers the amenity impacts of your institution.

We create outstanding planning, transport and waste solutions that support the ongoing requirements of the site and deliver best outcomes for students, staff and parents.

We have extensive experience providing advisory services across childcare and early learning, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions that spotlight safety and efficiency for all users.

 

Services

Permit Applications

Planning

Planning

We use our extensive experience to navigate increasingly complex regulatory environments, ensuring that you have a permit in your hand as early as possible.

Our town planning team are experts at approval strategies for all types of projects. With a deep understanding of the planning process, we know where to push boundaries and where there are risks. We can provide clear advice on the prospects of permit success.

We regularly obtain planning permits for every type of project across Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate. We've helped gain planning approval for everything from childcare centres to educational facility masterplans, gaming and licensed venues to residential and commercial projects.

VCAT and Panel Representation

Planning

Planning

Expert witnesses and panel representation can be critical in achieving permit success. That's why engaging Ratio can make a huge difference to your project.

Honed by hours under cross examination, our expert witness planners and urban designers regularly provide trusted and convincing advice across a range of specialties.

We are talented advocates, able to put your case forward strongly and persuasively for VCAT appeals, mediations, planning panels and consumer affairs.

Our extensive expert witness and advocate experience means that we can provide reliable and informed advice, guiding your project's success.

Planning Due Diligence

Planning

Planning

We identify planning issues early and advise on the best way forward.

Ratio's due diligence assessments combine our planners' comprehensive understanding of planning controls with the project's commercial viability.

As an essential first step in any project, a Ratio due diligence assessment provides a clear vision of the opportunities and risks of any potential site.

Planning Scheme Amendments

Planning

Planning

We're here to help bring projects to life, even if that means guiding you through the often-lengthy planning scheme amendment process.

Ratio has extensive experience with changing property zones and adjusting development controls for projects constrained by the existing planning scheme.

With our network of connections across local and state government, we're here to ensure that everyone works together for the good of your project.

Transport Impact Assessments

Transport

Transport

We are valued for the intelligence of our people, the ingenuity of our approach, and the years of knowledge embedded in our organisation.

Our comprehensive transport impact assessments provide a detailed document that addresses all relevant statutory and policy requirements.

We start with your requirements and work with you to develop a clear strategy for your planning application. We support you throughout the permit process and assist with any post-submission issues.

Every site is unique, and so is every Ratio transport impact assessment. From collecting relevant parking and traffic data to providing meaningful analysis and sound technical advice, we work across every sector to deliver an assessment tailored to your project.

Transport Design

Transport

Transport

Transport design requires big picture thinking and an eye for detail like no other. Our team of transport designers and traffic specialists bring a vast amount of knowledge, experience and highly regarded design abilities to your project’s transport needs.

We offer a full suite of transport design services, creating innovative and refined designs for everything from car parks to road network plans, swept paths, traffic signal plans and road safety audits.

We take the time to understand your requirements and apply progressive thinking to ensure we design a holistic and economical transport solution.

Car Parking

Transport

Transport

Ratio’s transport team bring a vast amount of specialist knowledge and hands-on experience to your car parking project.

We’re industry leaders in designing parking precinct plans, parking layouts and mechanical car stackers, lift and hoist parking systems.

We’re proud of our innovative car park designs, and trusted partners in shaping car parks for all types of developments.

Traffic Management – Construction and Local Area

Transport

Transport

We're here to help bring projects to life, including planning your traffic management.

Our transport specialists undertake extensive analysis of your project before devising a traffic management plan. Working with local authorities and engineers, we collaborate to create a seamless journey for road users.

We know that traffic management is a critical part of constructing your project. Our transport engineers have extensive experience creating traffic management plans that consider both safety and every facet of construction-related traffic. As requirements often change throughout a project, we provide ongoing support to ensure traffic continues to flow.

We specialise in local area traffic management plans that address traffic, safety and amenity issues for residential areas. We’ve created innovative traffic solutions for highly sensitive and complex projects such as schools and childcare centres.

Expert Evidence

Transport

Transport

We understand the importance of independent and trusted expert witness testimony. That’s why we’re so proud of our large team of respected, reliable and evidence-based transport experts who regularly appear at VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria and in Supreme Court matters.

We offer representation across sectors, from small scale transport, planning and environmental matters to large strategic and major infrastructure projects.

Project Inception Advice & Assessments

Urban Design

Urban Design

We offer preliminary urban design advice and assessments at project inception. Our assessments are valuable risk management tools that clarify the relevant planning context and physical influences that affect the development potential of a site.
We can provide upfront advice before the design process commences, or alternatively, feedback on proposals close to lodgement.

Urban Design Statements

Urban Design

Urban Design

The preparation of Urban Design Statements to accompany a planning permit application to government assists in demonstrating the architect’s thinking and setting the proposal in its planning and policy context for decision makers.

Technical Assessments and 3D Built Form Modelling

Urban Design

Urban Design

We can prepare a variety of built form modelling and technical visual impact analysis. We use modelling and visual analysis in-house to support our traffic and planning teams, as well as to inform our urban design assessments and advice, evidence statements, feasibility and due diligence work and peer review.

Waste Management Plans

Waste Management

Waste Management

Ratio specialises in preparing waste management plans for town planning applications, big and small. We understand the complex waste requirements of all types of developments, from commercial and mixed-use developments to high-rise residential, industrial and everything in between.

We are proud of our working relationships with council waste service departments, and we're always evolving our waste management plans to address your council's specific waste requirements.