client Melbourne Business School
location Mt Eliza, VIC
project value $70 million
role master planning & architectural design
completion date January, 2012
peckvonhartel was appointed by the Melbourne Business School to undertake a master plan for its Mt Eliza Executive Education Facility. peckvonhartel’s brief was to consider how the overall site at Mount Eliza may be developed, how the School’s outstanding international reputation and ranking could be maintained and enhanced, and to provide a range of options and opportunities for future building works.
The physical characteristics at Mt Eliza are a large, sloping, partially developed site with mature vegetation that has been part of the history of the Mornington Peninsula since settlement. The site houses Moondah, a heritage listed building, and a series of accommodation and education buildings that were constructed in the 1980s and 1990s.
peckvonhartel’s master plan vision was focused on restoring the historic Moondah building to promote executive accommodation and to become the iconic symbol of the facility, creating 100 new executive rooms at the equivalent of a 4-star accommodation standard, and opening up the site to the ocean views with an integrated landscape design. The design was staged, so it could be implemented in phases.
The master plan emphasised the inherent value of the site, re-thought the constraints related to its context and understood the importance of its heritage buildings.