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Our urban design team brings valuable creative insight and wide-ranging experience to developments that connect people and places.

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Ratio Urban Design
Ratio Urban Design

At Ratio, we believe successful planning projects require a comprehensive understanding of the site as well as planning policy drivers, statutory controls and community imperatives.

Our team’s experience, insight and professional judgement is informed by technical capabilities in 3D massing and modelling and visual impact analysis.

We are regularly engaged to provide detailed site assessments, design principles for complex sites, and preliminary urban design assessments as valuable risk management. These tools assist in guiding the architectural design response to the context, planning objectives and commercial drivers.

The knowledge and skills of our urban design team are highly sought after in the appraisal and advocacy of proposals throughout the planning process, as well as the preparation and delivery of urban design expert witness statements.

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Pre-land Acquisition Testing

Urban Design

Urban Design

Finding the right site to suit your project can be a challenge. Our planning, urban design and transport capabilities can help clarify your decision to acquire land for development or subdivision. We analyse the potential of your site and provide advice on the possible risks, or potential opportunity sites within a municipality, including identifying the relevant planning controls and formulating volume capacity.

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.

Master Planning/Subdivision, Strategies and Frameworks

Urban Design

Urban Design

Our urban design team is experienced in the preparation of concept masterplans for greenfield, brownfield and infill new community developments. We specialize in projects ranging from smaller scale subdivisions to high-level strategies and frameworks for townships and activity centres. We regularly work with a team of professionals and understand the project requirements for effective and timely communication.

We understand the practical challenges of meeting civil engineering and road network requirements. Our team listens to our clients, identifies challenges and opportunities of each locational setting and applies our extensive experience in urban design, planning and transport engineering to design sustainable master-planned communities. Through our innovative design solutions, we respond not only to our client’s requirements but also to the changing needs of an established or establishing community as well as emerging markets. Our layouts skilfully resolve and integrate the need to maximize yield with the requirement to deliver high quality planning and design outcomes.

Expert Evidence

Urban Design

Urban Design

Our expertise across a wide variety of development types and scales forms a strong foundation of knowledge that is regularly sought for the purpose of expert testimony to VCAT, Planning Panels and Advisory Committees.

Our urban design experts regularly provide specialist urban design analysis and advice at the RFI stage of the planning application process as well as for the settlement of plans at mediation or compulsory conferences. Prior to the formation of advice, a site and context analysis and detailed assessment of the architectural plans is required to inform an expert opinion.

Peer Review

Urban Design

Urban Design

Independent peer reviews are undertaken across a range of project categories including small-scale infill developments, built form assessment and visual and shadow analysis, as well as masterplans and subdivision proposals. These peer reviews are commissioned for a variety of purposes by a range of different stakeholders in the approval process, including the private development sector, lawyers and advisors as well as decision makers.

Our review and recommendations can result in the preparation of a revised masterplan or subdivision layout in the case of greenfield or brownfield development, through to an amended built form/site planning approach.

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.