Field of Mars Ecological Sanctuary

“Caring for our environment with sensitivity and extreme care”

Executive Summary

The 51-hectare Field of Mars reserve is a lush nature reserve and environmental education centre in Sydney. A new ecologically-sensitive boardwalk was required to replace a rotting and hazardous existing structure, helping to preserve the local habitat while also enhancing access and safety for school students, nature lovers, cyclists and the general public.


City of Ryde





Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover



Fleetwood Involvement

The City of Ryde Council choose Fleetwood Urban as their sole construction partner, based on a proven track record of delivering similarly complex solutions within sensitive surrounds. Guided by the Develop, Detail and Deliver stages of our DesignExecute2™ delivery model, our involvement began with brainstorming sessions involving Design-Led Engineers and Structural Specialists. From here the MARS™ Boardwalk System was identified as the most suitable construction solution, with a series of prototypes developed to test materiality and construction techniques prior to full-scale installation. As a direct result of this testing, specialist piling tools were able to be used eliminating any need for heavy machinery to dig traditional foundations. Materials were able to be walked in and, in most cases, installed by hand.