The team behind Merrifield – Barry Murphy, MDG Landscape Architects
A key feature of Merrifield will be its beautiful urban planning and landscaping. Barry Murphy of MDG Landscape Architects has extensive experience in urban design – including at Aurora Estate in Epping and Sanctuary Lakes in Point Cook – but he is particularly excited about Merrifield.
â€œThe scope is huge at Merrifield which is really exciting,â€ said Mr Murphy. â€œWeâ€™re responsible for the urban design or overall layout of Merrifield Living, as well as the landscape architecture that will include the streets, parks and other open spaces.â€
Developers MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Corporation have been clear on the main â€œthemeâ€ for Merrifieldâ€™s landscape.
â€œIt is simple – a luscious, green environment,â€ said Mr Murphy. â€œThis leads to all sorts
of possibilities but the focus is urban and contemporary landscaping which emphasises Merrifieldâ€™s beautiful, vast open spaces.â€
Mr Murphy said that Merrifield may just look like paddocks at the moment but the vision for the
development is impressive and well considered.
â€œWe give great thought to how residents will want to live and engage with their community,â€ said Mr Murphy. â€œAn example is that we have designed the streets to include off-road cycle paths that will allow families to move easily between the parks, without having to ride on the road with their kids. It is simple but important.
â€œItâ€™s all about arranging things so that future residents can have a high quality environment and lifestyle.â€
The planning of neighbourhood parks and open spaces is a priority said Mr Murphy.
â€œOur parks will cater for a family barbecue, kick to kick with the kids, taking your grandchildren for a play in the playground, having a quiet read in a beautiful environment, soaking up a few rays, meeting the girls after playgroup for a chat while the toddlers are happily ensconced in the playground – essentially all sorts of things,â€ said Mr Murphy. â€œBy getting these elements right, our parks become places where you can meet your neighbours, find new friends and generally become part of the Merrifield community.â€
Mr Murphy said that over the next 6-12 months, the key priorities are constructing the Merrifield entrance and first neighbourhood park.
â€œLandscape works should start mid-2014
and since there is quite a bit of work, the construction is likely to take up to five months,â€ said Mr Murphy. â€œBut by the end of the year, weâ€™ll have a beautiful entrance boulevard, complete with a unique artwork, and an amazing park with a huge playground that caters to all ages and abilities, a substantial picnic shelter and barbecue facilities as well as a flexible grass area for more active pursuits.â€