LORNE REDEVELOPMENT, POINT GREY News / New Project / 05.03.2018

McGregor Coxall has been shortlisted to participate in a design competition for the Point Grey, Lorne Redevelopment. The project, being delivered by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a key strategic driver in revitalising Lorne, increasing it's offering and turning the prominent headland into a destination that attracts and encourages visitors to stay overnight.

Located just over a kilometre west of the township, Point Grey is a 1.7 hectare site, home to two buildings which have been of great importance to the Lorne community and to its wider tourism potential. These buildings are to be replaced and complimented with significant new public realm works, however their primary functions (as a restaurant, café, and as an aquatic and angling club) are to be retained with the new buildings to be re-imagined.

39 submissions were received with the four shortlisted teams as follows, with the winner to be announced in April:

- Edition Office, McGregor Coxall, Foolscap Studio, Finding Infinity

- Kerstin Thompson Architects with Baracco+Wright Architects

- NMBW Architects & Architecture Associates, with GLAS Urban and Vera Moller

- Searle x Waldron, Edwards Moore & Bush Projects.

The primary design requirements will provide an unprecedented opportunity to creatively re-think Point Grey’s public open space and its relationship to buildings, the pier, the foreshore, town and hinterland. The redevelopment will become a magnet for visitors and local alike, transforming Point Grey into an iconic important Victorian destination and recreational hub. Innovative build form and outstanding landscape architecture will combine with the location’s outstanding natural beauty.

A five-person jury that assessed the submissions included the award winning Victoria architects John Wardle and Kristin Green, GORCC CEO Richard Davies, Bronwen Hamilton from the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, and Monash University manager of campus design, Jocelyn Chiew.

The design competition follows a precinct planning process and a completed business case for the project, a number of research papers, workshops, community consultation and public initiatives that have helped develop and form a picture of Point Grey’s potential. Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Chief Executive Officer Richard Davies said the competition was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create something truly unique and distinctive at one of the most outstanding sites in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road.

“Point Grey is of vital importance to both Lorne’s rich history and to its economic future. We have been working closely with the community to develop this project and make Point Grey a destination to stop, spend and stay.”