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Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes - Embrace the freedom of affordable luxury living

Kensington Lakes becomes Kensington Parkside

Mr. John Pressler, developer of the Kensington Lakes Master Planned Community has scrapped plans for a 6 ha lake as the focal point of the community, and instead announced the establishment of a 10.5 Ha ‘botanical gardens standard’ park and recreation precinct in the same central location that the lake was to occupy.

Kensington Lakes has been under development since 2004 and is centered on the Johanna Boulevard / Commercial Street spine. It now accommodates a number of new businesses including Nemo Car and Dog Wash, McHugh steel, Forty winks, Ultra tune and others.

The business and industry stages of the project incorporating 118 business and industry lots, a 7 lot business airpark, and a 12.5 ha regional sports Super Park has been recently completed, with titles for the final business lots to be issued soon.

The next stage of this major project is the residential master planned community incorporating a 110 lot residential airpark; a town centre; 5 storey mixed use apartment buildings; a café and restaurant precinct; and up to 600 detached dwellings, townhouses, and duplex dwellings.

It was initially proposed that this mixed use residential community would be focussed on a 6 ha constructed lake surrounded by parkland, similar to Forest Lake, Springfield Lakes, and North Lakes in Brisbane. However Mr Pressler said changes to state planning policy governing the construction of artificial lakes now requires half of the lake area to be wetlands or swamp, making it no longer desirable to have a lake focus for the community.

This change means it is no longer possible in Queensland to construct lakes along the lines of those constructed at Forest Lakes or North Lakes in Brisbane.

If we have to lose half of the lake area to swamp it tips the balance away from a lake; however everything has a silver lining Mr. Pressler said, and the scrapping of the lake concept allows us to use the considerable resources that would have been invested in the construction of the lake into the creation of a unique and beautiful 10.5 ha park and garden precinct in its place.

The town park will be located at the heart or centre of the new community and will occupy the same site intended for the lake. With people and businesses living and trading around the edges of the park, and given its extensive area (10.5 ha or 25 acres) it has the potential to provide the same community focus that is provided in the best urban parks in Europe, and in ‘Central Park’ in New York City.

To our knowledge there is no major urban park in Queensland that is as well integrated within its community as the proposed Kensington town park, being at the centre of, and surrounded by, the town’s urban facilities. It will provide a cool, green, pedestrian oriented focus for the town centre’s retail, community, and cultural buildings, the 5 storey mixed use apartment buildings, and the proposed café and restaurant precinct. It is a Queensland first, and a model for other developers said Mr. Pressler.

He said that too often in Queensland parks in newly developing areas are relegated to the least attractive land; are often subject to flooding; and are located at the periphery or edge of any housing development. Our master planning has since day one aimed at creating a sustainable and healthy community; by first proposing a lake and now a major town park at the very heart of the township, making walking or cycling to town, through the park and away from traffic, a safe and pleasurable option.

We are now in the exciting phase of carrying out the detailed design of the town park precinct and fine tuning the elements it will contain. We are investigating the practicality of passive and contemplative ‘botanical gardens standard’ components blended with performance spaces, and recreational playing fields at the northern town centre end; and an active family focussed precinct at the southern end in close proximity to the detached residential housing.

Park elements being considered include an outdoor auditorium; village cricket green; picnic tables and BBQ’s; adult fitness trail including outdoor fitness equipment; community tennis courts; children’s play equipment including equipment suitable for toddlers; multi function courts for basketball, handball and netball; a water garden; kilometres of walking and cycle trails; gazebos, bench seats, and rubbish bins.

The detailed design and development of the park will be an ongoing task in consultation with council. When we put our park and garden concept to council they understood both the desirability of making the change away from the initial lake idea and also the major opportunities the town park will provide. They have seen the potential benefits and have now wholeheartedly embraced the new concept said Mr Pressler.

Following the change from lake to park Council granted town planning approval to the master planned community a few days before Christmas 2009. With engineering approvals to follow shortly, construction can now move seamlessly from the business and industry stages of the project into the residential stages without major delay.

Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 at 2:48 am by admin @ Kensington Lakes in Progress Reports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS feed.

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