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MORPETH HOUSE & ST JOHN'S COLLEGE
Master Planning at Morpeth near Maitland, NSW

Completion: 2004 - 2005
Client: Dobler Consulting and Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

Conservation Management Plan

This site is of State significance and includes a rare surviving example of an early 19th century mansion (Closebourne House) in its landscaped setting, as well as a mid-19th century house (Morpeth House) built for the same owner. The place retains in its context, setting, landscape, buildings, fabric and archaeology, tangible evidence of its central role in the establishment of European settlement in the Hunter Valley, particularly the township of Morpeth. It is also associated with the founding of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

Design 5 - Architects was commissioned to review and
update an earlier Conservation Management Plan for the site, prepared by another office, as the first stage in a process to guide the master planning and design of future development on the site.

Design 5 consulted broadly with Maitland Council, the NSW Heritage Office, local communities and stakeholders in order to achieve a positive outcome. This CMP has now been endorsed by the Heritage Office. This revised CMP forms a key component in determining the nature and extent of both the curtilage and possible future development. It also provides guidelines for the conservation and adaptive re-use of the existing landscape and structures.

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