In addition to Victoria’s new Urban Design Protocol, Premier Ted Baillieu has come forward backing quality architecture and design as his government’s main priority in a new policy overhaul.
The Baillieu government will oversee the development of a new Victorian Design Review that will enhance “the quality of built environments in Victoria”. The reformation will be promoted under the Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA), the new body offering to act as a safeguard for the future work produced under the new design protocol.
It also offers a new design standard. With industry developments set to skyrocket over the next two years, the quality of projects needs to be as important as the amount produced. It is the age old catchcry of quality over quantity.
What the Victorian government will attempt to do is achieve both.
The new standard will affect both commercial and domestic industry initiatives with a focus on increasing the quality of life for all through social and environmental urban design policies.
This new policy will give the Victorian industry a much needed confidence boost, offering to promote the construction and design sectors as reputable, high standard bodies.