“They think big on the Sunshine Coast.

And really big at AVID Property Group’s $3 billion masterplanned community, Harmony, at Palmview, which will be home to Queensland’s first grand linear park.

Spanning more than 5ha and running the length of 10 football fields, the unusually flat development site was able to challenge traditional design concepts and deliver unprecedented open space and functionality to residents and wider community.

AVID Property Group general manager Bruce Harper said: “The concept of connectivity is thrown around so much in masterplanning, and we set ourselves and RPS, our urban design team, the challenge of really delivering on that for the benefit of Harmony’s future residents,.”

“Typically conventional design dictates a series of local parks dispersed around the community, which are often under-utilised by residents.”

But Mr Harper said the combination of the parks into one long linear space, provided a visual and physical connecting ‘green spine’ through the development that would deliver a range of passive and active spaces, making the linear park and the development unique.

“At Harmony more than 90 per cent of all resident will be within 250m from a local park and this also means we’ve been able to connect our future residents to Harmony’s 60km network of pedestrian path and cycle ways,” he said.

“The design encompasses key activation areas, including recreational zones for people to kick the football or run around, to quieter areas to relax and read a book or enjoy a picnic.

“What our grand linear park will offer is a clear reflection of the social and recreational needs of our buyers.”

RPS regional technical director — urban design, Peter Egerton, said Harmony was unique in its topography as the site was particularly flat, which removed a number of design limitations for the linear park.

“Most new sites for communities of this size, have hills and gullies, which dictate the design by the location of storm water, treatment and roadways,” Mr Egerton said.

“Harmony has an abundance of open space and types of open space, which will be a huge attraction for buyers.

“The removal of traditional design restrictions enabled the team to put forward a design that really exceeds expectations for activation and functionality for the community.”

Set on 378ha Harmony will deliver more than 4800 homes for 12,000 future residents as well as a town centre and 100ha of parklands,

With a development timeline of 15-20 years, AVID Property Group anticipate Harmony will create around 9000 jobs and the first land release will take 12 months to complete.”

About Harmony

AVID Property Group’s $3billion project – Harmony – is strategically located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast and is the largest masterplanned community underway in the Palmview area.  Set on 378 hectares, Harmony will deliver more than 4,800 homes for 12,000 future residents, catering to a wide range of buyers – all enhanced by 100 hectares of open space and the future delivery of a 15,250 GFA Town Centre.  More than 9,000 short-term jobs will be generated through the delivery of the project.

Harmony’s design embraces the Sunshine Coast’s enviable lifestyle and living at Harmony means it’s easy to get around. Harmony is conveniently connected to the Bruce Highway and the Sunshine Coast Motorway, and Mooloolaba is 10km and Maroochydore 14km to the north, the coastline is only 7km to the east, Brisbane is 90 km to the south, and the Sunshine Coast hinterland is only 20kms to the west.

View development website: www.harmonyliving.com.au

About AVID Property Group

AVID Property Group undertakes industrial and residential development in key growth corridors across Australia. With a pipeline value of $3 billion, our developments encompass broadacre and infill subdivision, incorporating more than 8,500 residential lots and over 640 hectares of industrial land.

AVID Property Group strives to deliver sustainable, community based projects that are progressive and of high quality and well serviced by transport, infrastructure and amenity. Led by highly experienced senior management and development teams with a broad range of expertise, AVID Property Group is able to add significant value at each stage of the project lifecycle. With a record of forming strong relationships, particularly with joint-venture partners, AVID Property Group is committed to extending existing business relationships and developing new opportunities with like-minded individuals, organisations and government.

Figures current as at September 2016