For many people who have purchased in one of our communities, they have probably never given a great deal of thought as to how the suburb’s identity was planned and the history behind a name.
In many places around the world, villages, towns and cities evolve over a long – sometimes very long – period of time, and continue to evolve naturally. Their characters are dictated by twists and turns in styles, thinking, and causes of the day. They are built in a piecemeal fashion, creating the wonderful depth of character so many love.
When we start conceptualising a new master-planned community, we don’t have the luxury of decades or centuries. We have to find a way to replicate this evolution so that the development of a place’s character can be implemented at the beginning of development.
We consider a number of factors in this process:
(a) The site location and features – where is it located; what are its connections; what is its terrain, views and proximity to other development?
(b) The history of the location – who settled there; what is the early history, both indigenous and European; and how has that impacted the lives of those living nearby;
(c) LWP’s core master-planning principles of diversity, scale, community and sustainability;
(d) Built form trends and built form of the location.
These, taken together, are distilled into the essence of the community we are going to build and create core place drivers.
Planning and design teams then use these core place drivers to ensure that the place ‘hangs together’ – down to small details such as street naming themes, a development name that has meaning and history, key character elements, landscaping, materials, colours, finishes, public art and so on.
Ellenbrook for example is named after Lady Ellen Stirling, the wife of Perth’s Lieutenant-Governor, Sir James Stirling.
Ellen Stirling was known for her qualities of youthfulness, playfulness, a passion for learning, modern thinking, vibrancy, tolerance and acceptance – which were and still are very much the inspiration behind the design and planning of the Ellenbrook community.
Throughout the Ellenbrook town centre, Ellen’s personality is reflected in the public artwork and landscaping. Likewise the focus on a place of beauty, vibrancy and warmth was important in the overall layout of the villages throughout Ellenbrook.
One of the key town centre roads is named for her (Ellen Stirling Parade) and a major distributor road (Drumpellier Drive) after the Scottish ancestral ‘seat’ of the Stirling family
Meanwhile our Trinity at Alkimos development has taken inspiration from its natural surrounds and the history of the area.
The overall design inspiration for Trinity is based on the character and charm traditionally found in European market towns. The area, Alkimos, is named after the Greek-owned merchant ship which was wrecked on the nearby coast in 1963.
Trinity is also made up of three (the ‘trinity’) distinct villages, each of which reflects the landscape in which it is located – either ridge line, valley or coastal. Each of the three villages will eventually feature a market ‘space’ which we hope will become the heart and soul of the community and of course ties into the area’s history as well as the name of our newest WA development.
Urban planners, place planners, landscapers, designers, developers, the local community and many more people all provide input into the creation of our developments, which is why at LWP we are confident we do it better than most.
So next time you wonder “what is in a name” at one of our developments, have a chat to one of our sales team and find out the unique story behind your future home.