New Ground Network

Current and Previous Projects

Freycinet Pavilions

Freycinet, Tasmania


Status – Completed

Freycinet Lodge is located in one the most beautiful landscapes on earth. With the landscape as the inspiration, the creation and development was a collaborative team effort. Owned by RACT Destinations, designed by Liminal Architecture, constructed by Cordwell Lane builders the project was delivered on time and on budget with Brett as lead. Navigating conceptualisation, research, community consultation, planning and regulatory pathways, design and construction the project delivered nine magnificent Coastal Pavilions, six Mountain Terrace rooms and one dynamic access suite. Liminal’s inspired design has been recognised globally, being shortlisted for the Dezeen Awards and the World Architecture Awards.

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(Credit: Mel Ferris Photography)


Hobart – Tasmania

Status – Completed and Avalon City Retreat is open for guests.

To be perched atop a 9–story office building in the city centre, with amazing views over St David’s Park to the Hobart waterfront, Avalon City Retreat will provide a sublime, city accommodation experience – an oasis in the centre of the city. As an architecturally-designed relocatable Omnipod it will be a new concept in deluxe accommodation, as well as a living display home for environmentally friendly, sustainable and portable accommodation. This venture demonstrates our sustainable approach to building accommodation offerings in line with our vision of creating exciting tourism experiences in unique Tasmanian settings.

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Avalon Coastal Retreat

Rocky Hills, Swansea, Tasmania

Tourism DevelopmentOwned and operated
Currently running at 96% occupancy rate.
2012 Tariff – Sunday-Thursday $900, Friday-Saturday $1000

Set on a headland overlooking Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula, Avalon is a spectacular modernist retreat. Simple and elegant, it was skillfully designed by Tasmanian architect Craig Rosevear. The building has won several major Tasmanian architectural and tourism awards and has received a great deal of publicity worldwide. The wonderful level of service, serenity, spectacular views and attention to detail are widely discussed by the people who visit.

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Rocky Hills Retreat

Swansea – Tasmania

Residential – shack.
Status – open for business
2012 Tariff- Sunday-Thursday $500, Friday-Saturday $600 per night.

This is a single-room shack measuring 9.6m x 9.6m situated among white- and black-peppermint trees. It is an isolated, completely private space for one or two people.  Architect Craig Rosevear’s talent for simple, elegant designs is evident.

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The Green

Mowbray – Rocherlea
Northern Suburbs – Launceston Tasmania

Residential Development
Over 500 lots
Project Value $140M
Status – Stage one completed

88 Hectares of undulating land located 7 kilometres from the Launceston CBD and close to the University. A master planned project brings the best of Urban planning, design and sustainability together to create a beautiful and connected place to live.Winner of the Australian Planning Institute Tasmanian Division for Urban Planning Excellence and the Jury Chairpersons Award for best Overall project.

Planning Institute of Australia – National Award for Urban Planning excellence 2009

152 Ceres

Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania

Commercial Development
Status – Completed

Ceres is located at 152 Macquarie Street between Harrington and Murray Streets. Looking south there are excellent views over St Davids Park, Salamanca and out to the river and eastern shore. To the sunny north are full views of North Hobart and the mountain.

The building is currently fully tenanted. Redevelopment is planned. The concept includes four additional levels of penthouse living, new elevators, a roof-top swimming pool, a new façade, upgraded commercial areas, bathrooms and foyers.

Waterview Ridge

Mt Martha, Victoria

Residential development

Jointly project managed with Wallis Watson Project Management
176 lots – average 1500m2
Project land value $66M
Status – complete

35 hectares with amazing views over Port Phillip Bay. It has been landscaped by a local community group who assists young people at risk; they collected seeds from the site and from nearby bushland and propagated the trees themselves. There was also extensive consultation with the local bushland group Friends of Sunshine Creek.

All Waterview Ridge homes have water tanks to recycle greywater, saving about 17.5 million litres of drinking water each year.The lots have averaged a sale price of around $365,000 each. It is expected that most properties in Waterview Ridge will be in the $1M-plus range.

Benton Grange

Mornington, Victoria

Residential Development

Jointly project managed with Wallis Watson Project Management
39 lots – 1 hectare
Project land value $8.5M
Status – Completed

This rural residential development near Mornington has more than 20 per cent of its area dedicated to open space and a serpentine wetland designed to retain biodiversity and improve water quality in nearby Balcombe Creek.Good pedestrian access was a priority, and walkways connect the estate to the adjoining Summerfields Estate, the new primary school and a shopping centre.In 2001 Benton Grange received a Judges’ Commendation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) for its innovative approach to the environment, which solved an existing drainage problem.

Orchard Grove

Hastings, Victoria

Residential Development

Project managed all aspects of the development
78 lots – 606m2 to 1380m2
Project land value $6M
Status – Completed

The streetlights at Orchard Grove have been fitted with solar panels – this is the first time in Australia that a residential subdivision has been built with a grid-connected solar system. It was launched by the Hon. John Thwaites, Minister for the Environment. Covenants require all houses to have a four-star energy rating and a solar hot water service.

The Green is planted with a community lemon grove, rosemary bushes, and indigenous trees and shrubs. It has a solar shelter, children’s playground and seating decorated with hand-made tiles made by local students. The estate has increased land values in Hastings, which have traditionally been lower than those of the rest of the Mornington Peninsula.Won the Judges’ commendation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) for Residential Development of 199 lots or fewer.


Mornington, Victoria

Residential Development

Jointly project managed with Wallis Watson Project Management
464 lots – 900m2 to 1500m2
Project land value $63M
Status – Completed

Summerfields is an estate in the fast-growing Mornington area. It has 4.4 hectares of public park that was jointly created through a partnership between the Mornington Peninsula Shire and the developers. The estate has water features with aquatic plants to improve the stormwater quality, bushland, a playground, a picnic area, a wetland boardwalk, an architect-designed lookout and an outdoor classroom.

Supported Breast Cancer Victoria with a House Auction initiative.

The Grange

Mornington, Victoria

Residential Development

Jointly project managed with Wallis Watson Project Management
66 lots – average 850m2
Project land value $7.5M
Status – complete

A boutique estate with blossom trees in its streetscape that compliment the carefully preserved, 120-year-old cherry plum trees. Footpaths through the estate form part of the pedestrian circuit, making it easy to walk to the nearby shopping centre and new primary school.


Orford, Tasmania

Tourism and residential development sourced project managed concept and planning process

500 components
Project land value $75M
Status – Planning Completed

Planning the Solis project took two-and-a-half years. It brought together all the sustainability measures we had trialed in may other projects, and the Solis Sustainability Policy set a new benchmark for development in Tasmania.

The local community was extensively involved in the development. There is a golf course designed by Greg Norman with club house and accommodation, 330 residential lots, a health retreat, shops, apartments, a museum, jetty, extensive walkways – all set on 700 acres overlooking Prosser Bay and Maria Island.

Davey Street


Residential project

Status – Completed

Ardglen is a heritage-listed property, built in 1911 by Henry Jones
(of IXL fame) for his daughter. It was badly in need of new life.

Rosevear Architects worked closely with Brett Torossi to design an impressive modern extension with extremely intricate detail, leaving the existing fabric of the building intact.

The project was awarded the 2007 Royal Australian Institute of Architects for alterations and additions. The citation for the award reads: ‘A heritage-listed villa of Edwardian pedigree has been reinvigorated throughout culminating in the addition of a new kitchen and living area to the rear.

The elegance and precision of the contemporary architecture heightens an appreciation and respect for its host through differentiation.’

Peter Kent Estate

Somerville, Victoria

Residential development

Project managed
29 lots – average 850m2
Project land value $3M
Status – Completed

A boutique estate which owes its shape and charm to Peter Kent,who resolved numerous engineering issues created by the site’s two dams and its covering of mature pine trees. Major earthworks created gently sloping building lots with ideal sites for various housing designs.

Further development and expansion allowed for the approval by the Mornington Peninsula Council of a stylish development of 15 town houses.


Safety Beach, Victoria

Residential Development

Project managed
296 lots – average 700m2
Project land value $15M
Status – Completed

A beachside estate designed with lifestyle in mind. Walkways connect the whole estate with a central park complete with children’s playground and shelter. Residents have formed several clubs and regularly organize social events. The estate has a remarkable community feel, and Safety Beach is now a sought-after address. Display homes were built in conjunction with AV Jennings.

In 1999 Horizons won the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) President’s Award.

The Grove

Hastings, Victoria

Residential development

Project managed
7 medium density lots
Status – Completed

A small, stylish development comprising townhouses, close to the schools and shops of Hastings.

Somerville Industrial Park

Somerville, Victoria

Industrial Development

Project managed acquisition, design and planning
25 lots – average 2000m2
Status – Completed

A site suitable for 29 town houses was split from the existing Somerville industrial area adjacent to an existing residential zone.

There is an appropriate buffer between the industrial section and the newly created residential area.

Northern Shore

Cowes, Philip Island, Victoria

Residential Development

Jointly project managed with MCA Accountants and Beveridge
Williams Consulting Engineers
125 lots – average 700m2
Project land value $11M
Status – Completed

Northern Shore is only one block from the beautiful sands of Cowes beach. Its 125 lots sold in record time. A public open space contains a stand of remnant melaleucas, which form the backbone of the design. Extensive consultation and subsequent on-site surveys were conducted with both local aboriginal groups.

Vegetation and street plants were chosen to provide food for the local koala population, and the carefully designed stormwater system collects and treats water before it flows into Westerport Bay.

100 The Crescent

Tyabb, Victoria

Residential Development

Project managed
15 medium density lots
Status – Completed

100 The Crescent was developed on the site of an old service station. It comprises 15 well-designed villas in the village of Tyabb, which is well known as the antique centre of the Mornington Peninsula. The villas are within 50 metres of the local shops.