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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