Charles Sturt University
Orange, NSW Australia
Jackson Teece was commissioned to develop the master plan for the Charles Sturt University Orange campus. This undulating 500ha rural site is home to inspired learning spaces and key land assignments dedicated to viticulture, horticulture, equine management and pasture.
An exciting opportunity for all involved, the design process was centred upon open consultation with students, university staff and the Orange City Council. This afforded the time and space to engage in a highly productive on-campus design session that allowed us to test ideas on-site. The final master plan reflects the diverse voices of the school and local community. And as a space of learning and participation, it conveys the importance of active collaboration.
The holistic and flexible development strategy delivered a walkable campus with a distinctive heart and identity – a campus focused on the needs of students and welcoming to the community beyond its boundaries. Sensing a need for centralised activity and increased community interactions, the master plan was ultimately designed to generate ease of commute through the centre of the grounds, injecting vitality into campus life.
And as a core value of the university, a direct link is made to a Wiradjuri Reconciliation Garden as an expression of its commitment to serving the needs of indigenous students and the local first nations community. With this garden, and the overall plan guided by ecologically sustainable design principles, the final campus maintains a deep respect for the country it rests upon and the sustainable indigenous practices that have long kept it flourishing.