“Providing rich social connections for a growing Victorian community”
Mitchells Run is a planned community north of Melbourne, comprising more than 650 blocks of land. With pristine waterways and serene wetlands, Fleetwood was contracted by Dacland to collaborate with landscape architects, Spiire, to deliver a series of bridges and boardwalks. Playing a central role in establishing the community’s public path network, the new structures helped to activate local green spaces in and around Mitchells Run and facilitate social connections between residents and visitors alike.
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
Guided by the DesignExecute2™ delivery model, we began by working closely with Spiire to understand the scope of the brief and help refine their design vision. We recommended customising two proprietary solutions developed by our in-house Design Engineering Hub to provide a fast-track to a great and cost effective outcome: the Balmoral™ pedestrian bridge and Waterside™ boardwalk. Final detail was then developed around material selection, engineering calculations and member sizes. Moving into the construction phase, the concrete piers were installed on-site, while the bridge modules were manufactured off-site in our own workshop, before being transported and lifted into place.
More Project Information
The key to the design concept from Spiire was to create a series of robust public infrastructure elements that blended seamlessly into the local landscape – while also achieving outstanding levels of functionality and sustainability.
The site was dominated by bedrock and large boulders. This proved challenging for many of the foundations and required innovative engineering solutions to deliver the necessary stability for each of the new structures.
The ground composition at Mitchells Run saw us take a creative approach to much of the groundwork. Rather than use conventional foundations, we instead chose spread concrete footings with rock bolts fastening into the existing bedrock. The cross bracing system was also bespoke, engineered to be very slim and unobtrusive with small beam sizes. This meant even though the clear spans were 18-22m, the beams couldn’t be seen – which allowed us to meet Spiire’s vision for the bridges to have a low visual impact.
- Pedestrian bridge (standard design)
- Slimline design with small beams sizes
- Bespoke cross-bracing system
- Steel framing
- Stainless steel wires
- Timber handrail
- Concrete footings
- Unseasoned hardwood
- Stainless wire
- Mild steel
- Hot dip galvanising
- Balmoral™ bridge
Modwood® composite decking was chosen as a sustainable alternative to timber. Rot-resistant and unaffected by the harsh Australian elements, it ensures maintenance is kept to a minimum and reduces deterioration due to shrinkage, splitting, cupping, warping and erosion. Sustainably sourced Australian hardwood was also used for the handrails.
Social connection sits at the heart of any thriving community. The completed bridges and boardwalks have instantly created links that help to bring Mitchells Run residents and families together like never before.
Safe and easy to access, the new shared path network has opened up a world of outdoor possibilities for Mitchells Run residents to enjoy all year round.
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