Bridge Road Regional Park

“Creating a free-flowing play experience for children and a much-loved community centrepiece”







Design Partners

ASPECT Studios

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover

Executive Summary

Located 40km west of the Melbourne CBD, Atherstone is a new residential estate developed by Lendlease. Activated green spaces are an essential part of the overall masterplan. Fleetwood was engaged to work with landscape architects, ASPECT Studios, to deliver an expansive new community park, including a flowing play structure as safe for local families as it is creative.


Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood was involved right from the beginning. From helping to refine the original concept through collaborative discovery sessions with ASPECT Studios to developing the specific project details, we utilised our inhouse DesignExecute2™ delivery model to bring the design vision to life and ensure economies were maintained throughout the build. Into the delivery phase, we engineered and fabricated the entire structure, working closely with a third-party play auditor to ensure all relevant safety standards were met, if not exceeded.

More Project Information


Created by ASPECT Studios, the design required a careful balance between aesthetics and safety. In particular, where the bridge meets the mound, it was essential to deliver on the overall design vision, while still ensuring children could play safely. This required the addition of several key design elements, including customised balustrades and the use of Fleetwood’s Kidsafe™ mesh decking, to ensure children could not place their fingers in the aperture.


The surrounding terrain at Atherstone was very flat. As a direct result, the Landscape Architect’s challenge was to introduce much-needed height into the play structure. This necessitated earth mounds to be created at each end of the park, allowing the main play bridge to become a key element of the design.


The bridge design was based around our Balmoral™ system, bringing economies in both the design and build stages. It was then embellished to meet the unique design aesthetic desired, while also incorporating the interface between the bridge structure and rock-climbing elements of the park.


  • Play bridge allowing children to flow between the two earth mounds
  • Monkey bars underneath the bridge structure
  • Lower deck with vertical rock climbing element

  • Mild steel
  • Hot dip galvanising
  • Kidsafe™ mesh
  • Unseasoned hardwood
  • Stainless steel
  • Non marine grade paint system

All designs were checked and signed off by a third-party play safety auditor. Fall heights were considered in all critical locations. Balustrade panels were installed on each side where the bridge connects with the path with carefully-positioned posts to prevent climbability.


The project’s paint and galvanising suppliers were required to meet stringent quality, safety and environmental standards. All timber was sourced from sustainably-grown forests.


Community engagement was undertaken at various stages of the project by our client, Lendlease, to ensure the overall appropriateness and utility of the park design for Atherstone residents.


The park provides a space for children to run freely with many tactile and unscripted moments of play. Cleverly designed to create a flow through effect, the layout of the park ensures complete activation by encouraging children to explore every corner of the play structure.


Award Name Location Year
AILA VIC Landscape Architecture Award Bridge Road Regional Park 2019