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Eastlink – Rethinking The Road_____

Eastlink – Rethinking The Road

Eastlink has been recognised in the ten most significant works of Australian landscape architecture 2001–2017 by Landscape Australia.

Nine years after opening, Eastlink remains the benchmark project for large infrastructure with integrated environmental and recreational outcomes.

Last year, Eastlink was also ranked first, as a Global Leader in Infrastructure Sustainability by the GRESB Infrastructure Assessment.

The Eastern Freeway (1997) extension and EastLink (2008) motorway are really two phases of the same project. Whilst they bridge the millennium divide, their full contribution to the ‘realignment’ of how we approach large infrastructure projects is best viewed as a whole.

Tract’s role as landscape architects and urban designers for the two projects spanned nearly a decade in total, for the design and delivery of 52 kilometres of motorway corridor linking inner Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula, and the an interconnected mosaic of parklands and waterbodies outside the vehicle corridor. Tract collaborated with Wood Marsh to achieve an outstanding, integrated and highly contextual piece of urban infrastructure.

The Eastern Freeway extension ‘challenged the notion [..] that such roads are isolated corridors that, out of necessity degrade the quality of their surroundings’. Rather, ‘Tract considered the form, social characteristics and environmental conditions of this suburban landscape, enquiring into what was needed to make the road an active contributor to suburban quality.’ Catherin Bull ‘New Conversations with an Old Landscape’ (2002)

EastLink is ‘even in our oil-resenting age, a stunning visual achievement. Wood Marsh and Tract previously worked together on the award-winning Eastern Freeway and they have proved an impressive team in making beautifully considered Napoleonic gestures’.

‘Eastlink is a spectacular demonstration of intelligent thought, beautifully executed within a complex environment.’
Dimity Reed, Landscape Architecture Australia (#120 November 2008)

'EastLink’s environmental sustainability is unique for a road, including 480 hectares of landscaping, 4 million native trees, shrubs and plants, and more than 60 wetlands that treat rainwater running off the road surface. This ensures that the water is returned to a relatively high quality before entering local creeks,'
Charles Griplas, Eastlink’s Managing Director
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