• Mernda Villages

    Mernda Village

    Mernda Villages Estate is an 180-hectare masterplanned community. The site features 300 remnant River Red Gums that are incorporated and celebrated in open-space corridors and waterways throughout the estate. All 1800 homes have close access to a variety of open spaces that connect to the town centre.

    The project contains a wide variety of landscape character types including a farm drive lined with oak trees, water sensitive raingardens to reticulate road runoff, a 1.5-hectare shallow marshland, a restored creek line, an adventure playground and a Red Gum conservation parkland. In addition, some 12 local parks were created on topographical high points around the site.

  • Highlands

    Highlands DP5

    Highlands DP5 sits on the plains between Mt Ridley and Mt Aitken.

    The Stage 61 park design provides tree-lined avenues, which divide the park diagonally along pedestrian desire lines, establishing a series of spaces including large and small kick-about areas, a playground and a lawn dotted informally with Eucalypts.

    The focus of the park is the shelter and playground located close to the remnant Eucalypt stands. A custom-designed shelter provides shade and seating overlooking the playground and kick-about areas. The unified colour palette of the shelter and play equipment further integrates the focal features of the reserve.

  • Aspect Estate, Greenvale

    Aspect Estate

    GbLA developed the masterplan for the 48ha residential precinct Aspect, Greenvale North. Responding to and celebrating the gentle topography and elevated land that provides expansive views over Greenvale Reservoir and the Melbourne CBD beyond. The masterplan provides a variety of landscape treatments, parklands and urban landscapes, utilising embedded landscape opportunities to enhance the public open spaces.

    The use of sophisticated and durable materials including granite, corten and stainless steel creates clean lines and a modern landscape design language for the estate. The sweeping organic forms used in many of the design elements, such as walkways and garden beds along boulevards and through parks, references the natural environment of the site, creating a unique landscape character.

  • Edgewater

    Edgewater on the Maribyrnong

    Edgewater on the Maribyrnong features an extensive 17.5-hectare lake and man-made wetland system, which interacts with the Maribyrnong River, providing a valuable ecological and recreational asset for residents and the wider community and a stunning backdrop to the estate. GbLA designed the lakes and wetlands at Edgewater in conjunction with waterway and civil engineers GHD.

    Bridges and boardwalks sit alongside maritime infrastructure, such as a marina with moorings for recreational boats. The large scale of the water bodies, the complex hydraulic functions of the wetlands and the recreational requirements of the estate created a series of complex design parameters, for which functional and responsive landscape design outcomes were developed between GbLA and Delfin Lend Lease.

  • Lake King

    Lake King

    GbLA was engaged by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries to lead a team of allied design professionals in the remodelling of Lake King at Rutherglen. A detailed site assessment considered land use, circulation, view lines, open space integration, remnant vegetation and the use of the site by native fauna, informing a design response that sensitively addressed the integration of the adjoining bowls club, golf club, caravan park and urban interface, while enhancing the existing amenities for the community and habitat diversity for local wildlife.

  • Malcolm Creek

    Malcolm Creek

    Malcolm Creek at Craigieburn is situated approximately 25 kilometres north of Melbourne within the Western Volcanic Plains. The lower reach of the creekline bisects the 3000-household Delfin Craigieburn residential development. The creek corridor incorporates approximately 160 hectares of open space and more than 4.8 kilometres of natural creek line. The site has been progressively conserved, rehabilitated and developed throughout the life of the project.

    The conservation and enhancement of the ecological values of the site was driven by a coordinated approach to the planning, rehabilitation and management of the landscape. An early assessment of the ecological values of the site was instrumental in the planning and management of the site. A thorough understanding of the ecological attributes of the site also influenced the design and layout of the adjoining residential development, aided in prioritising and planning of land management works and assisted in the planning for water quality initiatives and open-space activities.

  • Salt Apartments

    The development of Salt Apartments, Windsor, called for a strong and refined landscape design response. The paved entrance and semi-private courtyard are subtly defined by material, colour and textural changes in the pavements that speak to the architectural design response and to functional cues in the use of the space.

    The plant selection integrates a refined approach to the planting design, focusing on foliage size, texture and hue that, together with the architectural and hard scape surface finishes, present a coherent and integrated design response.

  • Wanginu Park, Jacksons Hill

    GbLA was commissioned by Development Victoria to prepare a landscape masterplan, design and construction documentation and oversee the preservation and rehabilitation of a 13-hectares site, Wanginu Park, Sunbury. The formerly degraded site is part of Development Victoria’s Jacksons Hill residential development and has become a valuable piece of open space for the local community.

    The area was set aside by Development Victoria to treat stormwater and protect valuable habitat and archaeological artefacts while meeting Development Victoria’s objectives for vegetation offset management through improvement of Plains Grassland vegetation.

    GbLA worked with the former Ecological Engineering and Paroissien Grant and Associates to prepare a rehabilitation strategy for the heavily degraded Harpers Creek that meanders through part of the site and also for the design of a constructed stormwater wetland within difficult terrain. The vegetation management and improvement regimes includes the establishment of more 200,000 plants, mosaic burning and fencing to exclude grazing and promote recruitment of the native seed bank.

    The development of a passive circulation trail and interpretive signage strategy also helped local residents engage with the space.

  • Armstrong Creek

    Warralily, Armstrong Creek East Precinct

    Warralily is a new community being developed in the Armstrong Creek Growth Area. At completion, the 800-hectare site will have 7500 homes, 5 kilometres of restored creek and wetlands, 155 hectares of open space, 13 hectares of conservation zones, 2 activity centres, 3 active open spaces and 3 schools.

    Armstrong Creek forms the spine of the new community. This restored waterway treats and retards urban stormwater flows, improving the quality of water being discharged into the nearby RAMSAR-listed Lake Connewarre.

    Greenways preserve rural roadside landscapes and provide shared paths that connect both to the creek and to key destinations within the site. Three dedicated conservation zones protect existing native vegetation.

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