McGregor Coxall have been appointed to participate in the first implementation phase of the Shipwreck coast masterplan. The $9.8 million project encompasses lookout facilities at the 12 Apostles and Loch Ard precincts, in addition to a pedestrian bridge over Port Campbell Creek. The design approach recognises the differing characters and demands of each site and adopts a range of conceptual techniques – either subsumed within the natural environment, treading lightly upon the landscape, or creating a bold counterpoint.
The project team, led by Denton Corker Marshall includes Landscape Architecture by McGregor Coxall and engineering services by Arup. McGregor Coxall offer an intimate knowledge of the site having led the delivery of the award winning masterplan, alongside Denton Corker Marshall. The commission follows a limited design competition process managed by the Office of Victorian Government Architect for Parks Victoria.
The Loch Ard Blowhole lookout will be discreetly nestled among the coastal vegetation on the very edge of the blowhole, discreetly hidden from the approaching paths to provide a surprising and thrilling experience. The Port Campbell Creek pedestrian bridge will sit lightly above water and sand, minimising its visual and physical impact upon both the landscape and the town The Saddle lookout at the 12 Apostles, is distinctive and dramatic, perched on top of the cliffs, to fully experience the scale and drama of the magnificent landscape.
Unashamedly angular and artificial, the lookout consists of two tilted ‘blocks’, one resting on the ground and the other cantilevering out over the cliffs, almost in defiance of nature.