Caddens Rise Hilltop Park
“Delivering high creativity with high confidence”
Caddens Rise is home to around 1,000 people near Penrith in Sydney’s west. Following a select tender process, UrbanGrowth NSW appointed Fleetwood Urban to collaborate with award-winning public artists Milne & Stonehouse to create an imaginative new public art shelter at Hilltop Park overlooking the fast-growing community. Fleetwood was selected based on price competitiveness as well as our proven track record in delivering creative public art projects. We had also successfully completed an earlier project for UrbanGrowth NSW at Caddens Rise, giving the confidence we could deliver once again. Which we did.
Milne & Stonehouse
Scope of Work
The success of the project relied on close collaboration between Fleetwood, the developer and the public artists, Milne & Stonehouse. Our DesignExecute2™ delivery model provided the perfect platform to manage the entire process, from reworking the original concept designs for the shade shelter to the build and final installation. To construct the shade shelter, we drew on our extensive knowledge of the latest materials available which included a mild steel main support structure with a micaceous iron oxide finish, laser cut aluminium cover plates, changeable decorative aluminium cover panels and powder coated aluminium roof sheets. To install the shelter and reduce time on site, it was first assembled in two parts in our manufacturing facility and transported to site as a wide load and craned in as two lifts.
More Project Information
Central to the overall design concept was a unique sculptural shelter that filled two roles. Firstly, as a piece of public art it provided a unique design aesthetic, creating a point of difference to help sell the Caddens Rise development to potential residents. Secondly, it also needed to work in a practical sense as a shade shelter, integrating with the nearby public seating and playground to give local families and children an attractive, functional place to meet and play. The challenge was to stay faithful to the artist’s design intent during the detail and design process.
Part shelter, part work of art, the shelter design was highly intricate and very bespoke. It was tricky in terms of how to fabricate because it was effectively a unique sculpture. Once appointed to the project, we brought in our own design engineer to look over and further enhance the artist’s design, helping us formulate the best way to turn the creative idea into a buildable reality. Moving into the construction phase, precision was absolutely critical to ensure every element of the shelter lined up, allowing us to deliver a perfectly assembled and installed art sculpture.
The project made extensive use of super-accurate 3D CAD drafting, together with lasercut and CNC technology. A slotted arrangement was inserted into every piece, allowing the shelter to be assembled with no measuring or marking out required – and it came together perfectly.
- Fully welded painted steel column
- Decorative aluminium cover panels
- Artistic painted steel roof structure
- Decorative aluminium roof panels
- Micaceous iron oxide paint system
- Mild steel
Western Sydney’s weather can be unforgiving, especially in the warmer months. The Hilltop Park shelter provides much-needed protection from the elements and integrates seamlessly with the nearby public seating and playground – giving local families and children an attractive and functional place to meet, play and relax, all year round.
Standing proudly at Hilltop Park, the striking shelter is an instantly recognisable beacon at the top of Caddens Rise and is used as an easily-identifiable meeting point. Thanks to a design that is both functional and inspirational, it encourages Caddens Rise families to experience more of their local community and venture beyond their own backyard. As a creative artwork, it’s also a much-loved talking point for locals and visitors alike.
“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
In my 15 years in the industry, I have not seen projects consistently finished to such a high standard with attention to detail that is delivered by Fleetwood. This is also true for the bespoke items where details and materials have not been used before - maki ...
Tim Corby Development Manager