Jackson Teece prepared a Master Plan for the Charles Sturt University Orange campus, located 4km north of Orange. Situated on an undulating 500ha rural site, the core academic activities and buildings are concentrated atop a knoll, with the remainder of the land being used for viticulture, horticulture, equine management and pasture.

The design process placed considerable emphasis on consultation with students, University staff and Orange City Council. In addition, we engaged in a highly productive on-campus design session that allowed us to test ideas on-site. The resultant Master Plan reflects the inputs of stakeholders and is finely tailored to the requirements of the campus and its context.

The holistic and flexible development strategy proposes a walkable campus with a distinctive heart and identity – a campus focussed on the needs of students and welcoming to the community beyond its boundaries. A fundamental strategy adopted in the Master Plan is the generation of a critical mass of people and activity in the heart of the campus to inject vitality into campus life and maximise opportunities for interaction amongst the campus community.

Shared facilities are concentrated around a focal public space where two major pedestrianised axes meet at the campus core. This draws in campus users to establish a vibrant and welcoming ‘Social Hub’ that functions as the centre of campus life and provides identity to the campus. A direct link is made to a proposed Wiradjuri Reconciliation Garden as an expression of the University’s commitment to serving the needs of indigenous students and community.

Sustainable principles proposed to guide the development of the campus extend from the infrastructure services, particularly water and energy, to Ecologically Sustainable Design guidelines for buildings.