A master plan is created by skillful teams to set about a clear framework for the design and construction of a development area or large site. Master planning has become an essential part of high-quality, responsible architecture and design.

What do master plans involve?

Masterplans go further than architectural drawings, and the details that help a building be constructed.

A master planner will embark on a dedicated, long-term process in:

• Identifying the goals and aspirations of a community – how they want to develop
• Stating goals and collecting data to create a comprehensive plan
• Looking at issues that affect the build e.g. the environment, transport links, and land use
• Thinking into the future and covering the long-term responsibilities of a project
• Creating a plan, evaluating it and implementing it if successful

This ultimately achieves a thorough understanding of the project at hand, one that is forward-thinking, all-encompassing and responsible.

Why spend so much time on a master plan?

It is beneficial to create a master plan as it further ensures a project will be the best it can be, and also that it will be well-received by the community that will live in and around it. It is a creative process that can be viewed as a tool to improve all architectural and community projects.

It helps the design to rejuvenate areas, improve facilities and sustain development. These are all very important issues in the future of any community, so time is well spent on securing their success with advanced planning.

After all, large scale projects involve a lot of time, money, people and expertise, so it makes sense to ensure the plan is worthwhile and will work well. Economically, it is a very incisive idea.