“Creating a striking new shelter in a master-planned community parkland”
Form Landscape Architects
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
Gainsborough Greens is a Mirvac master-planned community, set in native bushland between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. 65% of the development is dedicated to green open space and Mirvac contracted Fleetwood to design and deliver a spectacular public shelter and amenity block as a focal point of the new community parklands, known as Hub Park.
Mirvac appointed Fleetwood to deliver full design and construct services for the new shelter and amenity block. Using the DesignExecute2™ process, our involvement began at concept stage with a discovery session to understand and explore the brief. Our design and engineering team collaborated closely to develop the initial concept drawings, before fine-tuning the design, materials and construction methodology for final client and Council approval. We then led the construction phase, sourcing all materials and pre-assembling many of the structural elements for the shelter off-site, while simultaneously preparing the site itself for installation.
From our first glimpse of the brief, it was clear this would be no ordinary shelter. The vision was to create a large structure from steel and timber that was highly functional yet also visually spectacular. Featuring an inverted roof structure with curved guttering, the complex shape was designed to resemble a bow tie.
Keeping the streamlined design aesthetic was challenging given the large size of the structures and the concealed gutter inside the roof perimeter. Another issue was the weather. An unseasonably wet spell for South-East Queensland saw it rain virtually every day for two months. This made site access difficult, and the wet days extended out the program.
Our design engineers specified the innovative use of Japanese-style charred timber cladding, together with a clever concealed gutter system.
- Large ‘bow tie’ shelter
- Inverted roof
- Timber embellishment in the posts
- Timber rafters
- Mild steel
- Hot dip galvanising
The large scale of the shelter presented several risks for our crews. These were mostly associated with working at heights and safely co-ordinating the use of cranes on site to install the final structures.
All timbers were sourced from sustainably grown and certified forests.
Through the provision of new public amenities at Bim’bimba Park, Fleetwood has helped to activate the community parklands, creating a place for local families to gather and socialise.
The shelter and amenity block provide a large, open and comfortable area where people can relax and enjoy the surrounding park and play opportunities. The project has created an important new family space in the Gainsborough Greens development.
Fleetwood are interested in growing and stretching with the process. I would say that is because of their people, collaborative practices and the pursuit of better outcomes for all ages.
Jennifer Kelynack Senior Landscape Architect
Maribyrnong City Council
“The guys on the ground knew what they were doing, and as far as safety goes, anything we asked them, they did. The quality of finish & getting it delivered on time were critical parts of the project and the client is very happy with the results."
Lionel Desmond Project Manager
Fleetwood’s attention to detail, the service they provideand the working relationship we have with their teammade this project enjoyable. Their acknowledgement oflandscape architects in their work and how they service usis unique in this industry.
Mark Santangelo Senior Landscape Architect & Team Leader, Distinctive Living Design
Great design is what sets Fleetwood apart and they delivered on all their commitments throughout the project
Belinda Ryan Development Manager, Mirvac
Great communication, quick responses that are clear, open about pricing.
Wally Adams Estimator
|AILA QLD Award of Excellence - Play Spaces||Gainsborough Greens||2019|