Houn Quays Precinct Plan
Houn Quays Precinct Plan

ERA in conjunction with property economists and urban designers were engaged by Tasports to undertake a strategic review of the Domain Slipway and the recently acquired Huon Quay’s property (the site). A key objective of the project was to develop a precinct plan and identify the highest and best use for the site. The resultant plan identified the most appropriate future use and development opportunities for the site considering surrounding land uses, the needs and demand of the Hobart commercial area, asset and use consolidation for TasPorts, as well as the overall function of, and uses within Hobart Port.

The precinct plan was undertaken in two stages – the first stage being the preparation of an opportunities and constraints paper that took into account existing background strategic documents and consultation with key stakeholders such as the Tasmanian Heritage Council and the Macquarie Point Development Corporation. The key findings formed the basis of the Precinct Plan. The Precinct Plan guides the future management, use and development of the Huon Quays and Domain Slip.

The study area comprised of two sub-precincts. The Domain Slip which is used for the maintenance and layup area of Tasports vessels and plays a critical role in Tasports ability to provide essential services to the maritime industry as well as being important to the region’s maritime manufacturing, maintenance and repair industry. The second sub-precinct is the former HMAS Huon Quays which has recently been purchased by Tasports and in the past has been used as a function centre and as a backpackers; Huon Quays is of national heritage significance with the
original Drill Hall and attached Commander’s Residence being constructed in 1912.

The principal constraint for the future development of the site is the heritage significance of the Drill Hall and the attached Commanders Residence. As such, the building envelopes and the urban design guidelines developed for the precinct plan reflects this constraint. The implementation of the Precinct Plan will ensure the protection of the Domain Slip from conflicting land uses and contribute to the ongoing viability of the Port of Hobart.

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