Hinchinbrook Creek

“Celebrating the rustic roots of a prized residential community”

Executive Summary

Elizabeth Hills is a prized residential community in Western Sydney characterised by gentle slopes, meandering creeks and open grassed woodlands. As part of the expansive, rustic-inspired masterplan, Fleetwood was contracted to deliver multiple Access and Shade elements for the site’s developers, Mirvac. The most significant was a 30-metre multi-span pedestrian bridge over Hinchinbrook Creek which we delivered using a variation on our standard Balmoral™ system, customised in collaboration with landscape architects, Sturt Noble Associates.

Client

Mirvac Communities

Completed

2012

State

NSW

Design Partners

Sturt Noble Associates

Scope of Work

Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover

Fleetwood Involvement

Fleetwood was engaged by Mirvac as a collaborative partner in the design and construction of all structural elements at Hinchinbrook Creek, from the early design and Development Approval stages, through to fabrication and final completion on site. Guided by our DesignExecute2™ delivery process, we began by taking the initial bridge concepts from Sturt Noble Associates and transforming them into tangible designs, using one of our standard bridge system as the base, Balmoral™. Once approved by Mirvac, we successfully led the detailing and delivery stages of the 30-metre multi-span bridge, raising the necessary documentation and meeting stringent quality and budget requirements – while always maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the design. In addition to the new bridge, we also collaborated on the design and construction of three expansive boardwalks using our Seascape™ system.

More Project Information

1

While the former Cecil Hills Homestead site is now dedicated to residential living, the Elizabeth Hills design team at Sturt Noble Associates wanted the spirit of the original homestead to remain a special part of the idyllic parkland setting. At the heart of their design concept was a waterfront precinct along Hinchinbrook Creek that seamlessly incorporated bridges & boardwalks into the natural surroundings.

2

The Hinchinbrook Creek brief came with a series of stringent quality requirements from both Council and Mirvac. Meeting these required close collaboration between all project partners, as did staying within the tight budget while still maintaining the aesthetic integrity of the original designs – all delivered on a steep and slippery site, literally on the water’s edge.

3

The underlying structure is our standard Balmoral™ bridge system. However we worked with Sturt Noble Associates to tweak up the design to be really warm with timber elements etc – keeping costs efficient and low by using the standard product but slightly tweaking to make it unique to the Elizabeth Hills project.

4

  • Multi-span pedestrian bridge (Balmoral™)
  • Three hardwood boardwalks (Seascape™)
5

  • Unseasoned hardwood
  • Hot dip galvanising
  • Mild steel
  • Non marine grade paint system
6

  • Balmoral™ bridge
  • Seascape™ boardwalk
7

As with most bridge installations, our on-site crews were frequently working near and over the water. The steep and slippery slopes adjacent to Hinchinbrook Creek also required careful safety attention at all times.

8

To complement the rustic tone of the wider Elizabeth Hills development, unique timbers and natural finishes were specified for the new bridge. This included the extensive use of locally-sourced Australian class 1 hardwoods.

9

The pedestrian bridge across Hinchinbrook Creek is a vital link in the community path network at Elizabeth Hills. Together with the other outdoor amenities delivered by Fleetwood, it provides the perfect opportunity for local residents, families and visitors to meet, relax and celebrate.

10

Whether on foot, bicycle or scooter, the new bridge across Hinchinbrook Creek completes the seamless network of community boardwalks connecting all corners of Elizabeth Hills. Easy, safe and inviting to use, it helps to encourage residents to get outside and explore more of their own backyard, 365 days a year.

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Awards

Award Name Location Year
Stormwater NSW Excellence In Infrastructure, Winner Hinchinbrook Creek 2012