Bunda Street Public Domain
“A vibrant new public space in the beating heart of Canberra”
Located in the heart of the Canberra CBD, Bunda Street Public Domain sets new standards for pedestrian-friendly spaces. Fleetwood was a key collaborator in the award-winning plaza that’s now used by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, 24/7, creating a lively new forum for community events and festivals.
McGregor Coxall & GTA Consultants
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
From very early on, we worked hand in hand with the project team to provide key expertise during the design, manufacturing and installation phases. We fabricated many important elements of the Public Domain using our in-house workshops, including seating, lounges, parklets, deflector cells and bollards. Using DesignExecute2™ we were able to plan, manufacture and install the individual components of the project while always maintaining the integrity of the original McGregor Coxall design. Construction-wise, we used a combination of raw Spotted Gum and thick chequer plate steel to produce a series of bespoke street furniture. Our carpenters carefully fitted each timber piece in our assembly facility, while our team of boiler makers used precision laser cutters to hand-craft the steel elements before assembling and trial-fitted all components and deliver the assemblies to Bunda Street for final installation.
More Project Information
Designed by landscape architects McGregor Coxall, the overarching vision for the Shareway was to create a vibrant new social plaza on Bunda Street. The primary design challenge was to inspire a lively forum for community events and festivals in the centre of Canberra, while causing minimal disruption to the City’s existing infrastructure and street furniture.
A complex project involving multiple structural elements, multiple contractors and multiple sites, the construction challenge was further compounded by the site being in the bustling centre of Canberra. Success demanded close and ongoing collaboration between all project partners including Fleetwood, landscape architects McGregor Coxall, Hawkins Civil and GTA Consultants.
The project required an extraordinary amount of bespoke design and construction. Virtually every structural element of the Public Domain had to be individually-crafted to aid placement on to existing road levels and slopes. Because the design intent from the client was to have a ‘rusted finish’ to the steel, we needed to engineer it so there was a sacrificial layer that could corrode without minimising the structural integrity of the steel for the long term, 50 year design life.
- Bespoke street furniture including seating and bollards
- Spotted gum
- Chequer plate steel
We needed to ensure the bollards could withstand vehicles while still being as slim and ‘architectural’ as possible.
The Bunda Street Public Domain transformed an ‘ordinary’ CBD street into a vibrant destination. Easily explored by bicycle or foot, it breathes new life into inner Canberra by creating an inspired shared space for the future, where the community can come together like never before.
With safe and easy access, and an ever-changing calendar of events to enjoy, the Public Domain provides the perfect reason for workers to get out of the office – and for Canberra locals to visit the City Centre.
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
|PIA ACT Planning Award - 'The Hard Won Victory'||Bunda Street Public Domain||2014|