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Australand Burwood Wins At Built Environment Awards_____

Australand Burwood Wins At Built Environment Awards

The Australand Burwood project has recently won the Landscape Design Award at the City of Whitehorse Built Environment Awards 2015.

Australand Burwood (333 Burwood Highway, Burwood) has achieved the impression of the gentlest touch in the development of a site containing significant existing vegetation, resulting in a visually cohesive, ecologically proud and socially functional new community.

The project scope involved the masterplanning and landscape architecture applied to the sensitive siting of four apartment complexes and 123 dwellings on an elevated site previously occupied by educational facilities. The low-density nature of the site’s former use ensured the retention of a strong native landscape setting including trees and pockets of native grassland.

The project team’s challenge was to understand and reconcile retaining, protecting, and integrating existing vegetation into a contemporary, and economically viable medium density residential development.

Working with Australand and architects Darryl Jackson (apartments-conceptual) and RotheLowman (residential dwellings), Tract provided site and landscape masterplanning through to full detailed design and documentation of all aspects of the development.
The landscape works associated with the development include the prominent Burwood Highway frontage, the protection and enhancement of native grassland within parkland areas, play and recreation facilities, development of pedestrian connections to adjoining open spaces and Burwood Highway, and the creation of all streetscape and residential front garden settings.

From the outset, Tract saw the project’s design components of architecture, landscape and environmental design as the harmonising overlay, creating a subtle cultural and ecological narrative for the development. A number of design objectives were adopted which under-pin the landscape masterplan. These include:
  • Retain, protect and enhance indigenous, rare and threatened flora occurring in the site.
  • Reinforce the existing predominantly native landscape theme.
  • Use Water Sensitive Urban Design to effectively treat stormwater runoff.
  • Ensure site permeability via pedestrian links through the development to Burwood Highway and to neighbourhoods to its north.
  • Site passive and recreational spaces in a manner which respects existing sensitive vegetation areas, and utilises views across the site.
  • Strive for a sustainable outcome through design and material choices.
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