01. Central Maitland
The area of Central Maitland is in the Hunter River floodplain and has a long history of flooding, the most serious occurring in 1955. Central Maitland has reduced in population by half since. Central Maitland is a Heritage conservation area and is culturally significant to the residents of Maitland. There is a significant history of flood resilience in Maitland’s building practice. Throughout its development, the two storey building has dominated the streetscape with only a few instances of one or three storey buildings occurring.
Maitland’s prominence as a trading centre meant that development and redevelopment was always taking place and, in many areas, the present buildings might be the third or fourth buildings on the site.
02. Flood & Heritage Synthesis
Using character, scale, form, details & programme as ways of defining our strategies, JDA created unique flood resilience strategies that integrated with central Maitland's typologies.
Streetscapes & typologies were analysed and tested to create a series flood resilient architectural responses to both existing properties and empty sites.
04. Final Report
The study resulted in a 107-page report that proposes a total of 15 flood resilient design scheme options across 6 sites ranging from detached dwellings, duplexes & townhouses.
A key learning from this study is that if the definition of 'non-habitable use' were expanded to stimulate a greater variety of activities and uses in the undercroft spaces that do not threaten the safety of occupants in flood plains, they could add colour and vibrancy to the designs of dwellings and their street scapes and assist in improving issues of building bulk and scale to the street.
James Davidson, Sam Bowstead, Mara Francis, Clive Ba-Pe
Design Consultancy, Urban Planning
JDA has been involved in the revival of a number of significant heritage buildings that are a part of Brisbane's history. Innovative 3D laser scanning has allowed us to produce highly accurate documentation both internally and externally, which has allowed an unprecedented level of accuracy and efficiencies during the design and building process. For our heritage work in particular, these laser scans or "point clouds" create perfect 3D records of important buildings oor spaces for others to explore.