Boundaries, Servicing and Plant
Well-designed places clearly define the boundaries for private, shared and public spaces, making it more likely that occupants will use, value and take ownership of them.
The impact of a site’s boundaries on the immediate surroundings and the way in which the building(s) interact with the edges and ground around the site should be considered at the outset as an integral part of the design. Boundary treatments should be integral to the design of the building and landscape.
Practical aspects of the site layout should not be overlooked. Strategies for fire and emergency access, cleaning, repairs, waste collection, and rooftop plant and equipment should be considered when planning the site. The design impact of these aspects should be fully considered and sensitively incorporated into the building design.
Features of apartment boundaries
- In keeping with context
- Either brick or stone construction with soft landscaping
- Sensitive design of roof top plant and servicing
- Rear landscape boundaries such as hedgerow
- Concealed bin storage on public fronts
Public facing boundaries must be constructed from either brick or stone walls and should incorporate soft landscaping.
Principles of public and private space definition
There is no requirement for a built boundary if ground floor active uses such as cafes have outdoor seating areas
The ground floor use is built to the property boundary and no need for a built treatment
The ground floor is set back and there is a commercial collonade along the property boundary