The proposal envisioned for Lilydale will see the suburb become a more highly functioning and efficient water sensitive city through the implementation of research laboratories and water treatments plants designed to specialise in the research behind, and treatment of, converting grey water into fresh drinking water respectively.
The emphasis placed on the notion of water sensitivity came about from the research undertaken on the existing conditions of Lilydale, where it can be seen that water treatment plants and unused research facilities are already present within the suburb’s boundaries.
Two of Melbourne’s main reservoir catchments are situated just beyond the boundaries of Lilydale as well, providing the suburb with the opportunity to harness wastewater and convert it back into fresh drinking water. Lilydale is also connected to Melbourne’s water supply network, potentially allowing the suburb to pump the fresh drinking water back into the water system directly.
The additional water treatment facilities and research laboratories implemented in the proposal will allow Lilydale to create a new identity for itself by becoming a science city specializing in water sensitivity.
The proposal will also aim to manage Melbourne’s increasing population through the implementation of high-density housing, along with commercial facilities and designated public green space. A combination of a carpet housing typology and a courtyard housing typology has been chosen for Lilydale to fit in with the low rise surrounds and yet contrast against the current typology of single dwellings on a lot.