There is always something happening here at Fleetwood Urban. Each week we put the spotlight on pipeline projects, a member of staff or share a case study. You can search our full journal article archive, below.
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Unpacking the Bridge Code: The Engineer’s Perspective
Discussing the scope – and limitations – of the Bridge Code with Liam Sacco, Principal Structural Engineer with global infrastructure provider, Cardno.
Cracking the Code
Each year in Australia, countless pedestrian structures are built unnecessarily – and expensively – to the full structural specifications of the Bridge Code, AS 5100. With a viable ...
Central Coast meets Central Europe at Tuggerah Lake
How a visit to the south of Germany inspired two elegant community bridges along the Tuggerah Lake Cycleway.
Behold… The ‘Bandicoot Bum’ of Brompton!
Inspired by Banjo Paterson. Designed by GbLA. Enjoyed by generations.
60 magic minutes - Custom vs Catalogue round table generates lively debate.
Held over zoom, it was evident that Custom Play is certainly a subject close to hearts of many in the industry – just as it continues to be for us!
Think ‘custom’ means harder to maintain? Think again.
Four important reasons why maintaining a custom Play structure from Fleetwood could be a lot easier than you think.
“You do the vision, we make it happen.”
From concept to completion, Fleetwood takes the stress out of bringing your custom Play vision to life.
‘Living form’ arbour at heart of award-winning reimagination
Fleetwood collaboration with REALMstudios recognised at 2021 AILA Awards in Victoria
“Shaping the public realm is both a privilege and a responsibility"
Meet McGregor Coxall graduate landscape architect, Amie Mason, 2021 AILA NSW Future Leader Award winner
Custom Play on an off-the-shelf budget
Pipemakers Park delivers high originality at low cost for Maribyrnong City Council
Parents and families vote for their Top Adventure Playgrounds (and, yes, they’re awesome!)
Creating Sensational Playspaces
Fleetwood Design Technician, Mark Jol, shares his secrets on how to play it right
One vision. Two Bridges. No compromise.
Early involvement delivers two custom bridge solutions for Bayside Council.
Meet The Team: Hamish Abraham, Project Leader
Based out of our Brisbane offices, Hamish is one of the newest members of the Fleetwood Urban team.
Raising the roof
‘Tree House’ collaboration delivers custom rooftop play structure overlooking the Brisbane River
The Canopy… Unveiled
The last time we wrote about The Canopy, it was still very much a work in progress.
Victoria reaches new heights
Back in August we featured a stunning aerial showcase of some of our more recent bridge projects across NSW.
From concept to completion
Back in May we featured an upcoming shelter project at Notts Avenue overlooking the iconic sand and surf of Bondi Beach.
A coffee with Denis Hartnett: Drafting Manager
Things are pretty busy at the moment in Design and Drafting! Not too many days are typical, which is a good thing.
Sustainability: Obstacle or Opportunity?
It seems everywhere you turn in 2020, governments, businesses and communities are heralding the importance of ‘sustainability’.
Everyone’s invited: Inclusive Play comes to Livvi’s Place
Inclusive play spaces are becoming a central feature in more and more communities across Australia.
With Victoria slowly beginning to re-open as lockdown restrictions ease, Fleetwood has given the residents of Woodlea – 40km north-west of the Melbourne CBD – even more reasons to en ...
A coffee with Thomas Simmons, Junior Design Technician
A typical day for myself involves a lot of CAD drawing! These drawings can range from rough concept ideas, to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how something is actually going to be constructe ...
Making wood… work
It may be one of society’s oldest construction materials. But after several decades in the figurative wilderness, largely at the hands of more carbon and energy-intensive materials.
Ready for Summer
2020 has been a year like no other for all Australians. But it’s fair to say nowhere has been more impacted than Victoria, much of which continues to be under tight lockdowns.
A coffee with Brendan Jol, Assistant Project Manager
My most memorable NZ project also happened to be my first one, a 50-metre suspension bridge on the South Island.
Bird’s eyes and brilliant bridges
Browsing through our project list, we’ve certainly delivered a lot of bridges of late.
20 collaborations … and counting
Bungarribee Stage 5 Northern Bridge & The Heart Crossings marks Fleetwood’s 20th project within Western Sydney Parklands
Safe and sound at Westmead
Fleetwood chosen to deliver customised ‘Sound Block’ boardwalk for City of Parramatta and Sydney Water
Where land, sea and sky converge
City of Gold Coast selects AECOM and Fleetwood to deliver iconic play space at Broadwater Parklands
Bridging every challenge
Trio of new bridges to link Stockland development in north-western Sydney
Creating new levels of play in Toorak
Fleetwood collaborates with ASPECT Studios to revitalise disused level crossing corridor
Bridging access challenges, together
Fleetwood to deliver a 55-metre suspension bridge for Greater Shepparton City Council.
No more gaps
150 metres may not seem very far, especially when it comes to a 12km public walkway.
A coffee with Dean Coote, Estimating Manager
On a typical day as Estimating Manager, you’ll most likely find me working at my desk or in a quiet zone somewhere.
‘Pipe’ dream becomes a wonderful reality
Originality. It’s one of life’s most powerful forces, especially when it comes to designing memorable play structures for young people.
Exploring tomorrow, today.
60+ industry attendees. 3 thought-provoking presentations. Excellent response to Fleetwood’s first Learning Session webinar.
Building bridges. Connecting communities.
After more than two decades of working together, we'd like to think Fleetwood Urban is the ‘go-to’ bridge builder for The Hills Shire Council in Sydney’s north-west.
Longreach™ shines at Diamond Creek – a true ‘Win Win’
Community has never been more important than it is right now. That’s why we’re pumped to announce Fleetwood Urban was recently appointed to another major Victorian contract by Nillum ...
Going under 'The Canopy'
Lane Cove village has been a much-loved part of Sydney’s leafy lower north shore for generations.
Feel the Breeze
Everywhere you look, Sydney’s south-west corridor is a hive of greenfield development.
Looping the Loop at Narrabeen Lagoon
I’ve always loved visiting Narrabeen Lagoon on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Cumberland Shire says 'Everyone Can Play'
Bringing communities together through inclusive play experiences
A coffee with Joe Dalziel, Contracts Administrator
I joined Fleetwood Urban after completing my HSC back in 2015.
Keeping it Clean
Since it was founded in 1990 by the late yachtsman, Ian Kiernan AO, millions of Australians have donated their personal time towards Clean Up Australia activities.
Flashback February: Barangaroo Northern Cove, 2015
Transforming one of Australia’s most prized waterfronts
Flashback February: Wulaba Park, 2017
Turning a complex structure into an unforgettable experience
‘Off-the-shelf’ means anything but standard for Blacktown Workers Junior Rugby League Club
Australia’s Big Day Out
Can you believe we’re already more than halfway through summer? With the school holidays also nearly over, there’s still one major milestone to be observed: the Australia Day Long We ...
A coffee with Dilshad Shams, Structural Design Engineer
As a structural engineer and in-house engineering team member here at Fleetwood, I’m responsible for designing various types of structures so they can fulfil their design purpose, rem ...
Farewell 2019. Hello 2020.
With the end of 2019 just days away, we wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for supporting Fleetwood Urban over the past 12 months.
Famous for its beaches, backpackers, lighthouse and, nowadays, music festivals, Byron Bay sits at the easternmost point of the Australian mainland.
Fleetwood's Guide to the Great Outdoors: Summer 2019/20
Whether you live in the city or the sticks, the beach or the ’burbs, the summer period is traditionally a time for families and friends to come together and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle ...
'Sharpening the saw' in the Nation's Capital
In his 1989 book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, American author Stephen R Covey wrote about the importance of ‘Sharpening the Saw.’
Elara meshes beautiful design with seamless delivery
Elara is a fast-growing residential community at Marsden Park in Sydney’s north-west, developed by Stockland.
Sharing the sunshine
If there’s one thing we enjoy even more than creating inspired outdoor spaces at Fleetwood Urban, it’s celebrating them.
The adventure begins!
What an excellent celebration we just had with the Oatley community in Sydney’s south!
Designing an urban safari
Fleetwood designs bespoke 'Safari Tower' and play space for the City of Parramatta
What goes up, must come down...
Fleetwood’s Learning Sessions relaunch with deep economic insights
A coffee with Travis Lane, Project Manager
A couple of years ago, Travis Lane – a Geelong local (and Carlton fan), joined the Fleetwood team in Victoria as project manager.
The Fleetwood team is excited to have won another fantastic piece of work in the bespoke outdoor play category.
A coffee with Mikaela Trimmer, Marketing & Events Coordinator
Coming to work here was a natural decision for me. My grandfather started Fleetwood so I grew up with the brand.
And the winner is...
Congratulations to our partners at ASPECT Studios for their incredible and inspiring win.
Bringing a creative vision to life with AILA and Spiire
There’s nothing better than a learning event where the audience is truly engaged and encouraged to ask lots of questions.
When Bayview met Church Point
On Tuesday May 28, 2019 the Hon. Michael Regan, mayor of the Northern Beaches, officially opened the new ‘Quarter Sessions Stairs’
A rugged coastal beauty: buggy boardwalk and pedestrian bridge at NSW Golf Course
At Fleetwood, we strive to find practical solutions to projects that involve tricky or tight environmental constraints.
Fleetwood's inaugural Outdoor Showcase rewards all with shared learnings
On Friday May 10, we held our inaugural Outdoor Showcase event in Sydney.
A coffee with Mark Jol, Design Technician
My title is Design Technician, which pretty well sums up my experience with the technical aspects of many different building materials, and in collaborating with landscape architects and ...
Supporting landscape architects with a lifetime of experience
Giving back to the industry and helping provide real world, practical advice is one of our major priorities at Fleetwood.
Collaborating at Highlands for a unique art play experience
Fleetwood is excited about our involvement in helping to deliver a uniquely creative project called ‘Highlands – Sustainable Park’ in Victoria.
Everyone's invited: our commitment to 'Everyone Can Play'
It’s great to see this excellent initiative from the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment, which has just released a new guideline for creating inclusive playspaces.
Reimagining a child's garden: Wild Play reflections with designer Louise Pearson
The WILD PLAY Garden in Centennial Park is one of the most exciting and interesting interpretive play projects that Fleetwood has been involved in.
Enduring partnership on show at Balfour Avenue Bridge
Great partnerships stand the test of time.
Willowdale Bridge Embellishments
Once again Fleetwood are teaming up with Western Earthmoving (WEM) to deliver yet another road/pedestrian/cycle bridge at Stockland’s community of Willowdale.
Great results start with strong foundations; Reflections on Aurora with Spiire and Lendlease
Almost two years ago, an adventure playground opened at the entry of the Aurora Estate, large-scale residential development of 10,000 lots in Melbourne’s Epping North.
A coffee with Alby Kuswara, Project Manager
I’m a Project Manager and I’m tasked with managing projects that Fleetwood have entrusted me to successfully deliver on behalf of our clients.
Mixing 'brick kiln' heritage with contemporary - a Kiln Park collaboration
How does Fleetwood help maximise positive budget and design outcomes for client and partner projects?
Introducing our new look and online experience
As we enter the new year, here at Fleetwood we’re pleased to unveil our brand-new look, along with a fully transformed website.
A coffee with Joel Watson, Design Lead
I’m the Senior Design Lead within the company, and I’ve been at Fleetwood for almost a year and a half now.
Not just playing around; why Nature's Playground at Adelaide Zoo works so well
A bit of perspective is always interesting. It’s been just over two years since the launch of a pioneering Fleetwood playground design and construction project.