Bunda Street Public Domain

“A vibrant new public space in the beating heart of Canberra”

Executive Summary

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.

Client

Roads ACT

Completed

2014

State

ACT

Design Partners

McGregor Coxall & GTA Consultants

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover

Fleetwood Involvement

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

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

  • Bespoke street furniture including seating and bollards
5

  • Spotted gum
  • Chequer plate steel
6

We needed to ensure the bollards could withstand vehicles while still being as slim and ‘architectural’ as possible.

7

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.

8

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.

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Awards

Award Name Location Year
PIA ACT Planning Award - 'The Hard Won Victory' Bunda Street Public Domain 2014