The railway line at Ormond Station has recently been undergrounded as part of a level crossing removal at North Road. This project unlocked an opportunity for transit-oriented development immediately adjacent to and above the station.
We were engaged by Dealcorp and VicTrack to provide urban design advice to inform the built form controls for the site. Our Urban Design Framework established a building envelope and a series of design guidelines, which were translated into a Comprehensive Development Plan.
Mark Sheppard gave evidence at the Standing Advisory Committee hearing held to review the proposed controls. The Committee supported the proposed built form and design provisions.
Subsequently, we were engaged to provide further advice on the design of a development proposal, and work with the Urban Design Advisory Panel on its resolution.
kinetica was formerly known as David Lock Associates (DLA).
David Lock Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd changed its name to Kinetica Studio Pty Ltd on 21 February 2020 to reflect the significant reinvention of the business.
Starting with the crystallisation of our vision and values, continuing with a transformation of our planning offer, and culminating in our move to a ‘grown up’ office in the CBD, we are no longer the business we were.
Paralleling these changes, we agreed with David Lock Associates Limited (the English business which gave birth to DLA Australia) that it is time to undo our formal corporate ties, while retaining a strong informal relationship.
This reinvention of the business needed to be expressed outwardly and we began the process of refreshing our graphic identity. DLA has been predominantly known for urban design expertise, and the name reflects our history as a satellite of an English business. A new name offered the opportunity to establish a refined brand, based on a home-grown organisation featuring planners and urban designers trusted for their expertise and independence.
Our new company name, kinetica, reflects our passion for change. We facilitate and shape changes in the use, ownership and development of land to create a better lived experience.
kinetica retains the best of DLA—highly regarded independent urban design expertise—and combines it with highly regarded independent planning expertise.