Ropes Crossing

“Delivering a ‘big backyard’ for a local community within a stringent budget”

Executive Summary

Ropes Crossing is a fully master planned community in Western Sydney developed by Lendlease. Incorporating several parks and open spaces, including a 25km bike and walking trail, our brief was to help enhance the overarching community feel of the estate through the addition of four new pedestrian bridges, five picnic shelters and three public art entry features. The success of the multi-faceted project is testament to Fleetwood’s ability to deliver high quality results on time within stringent budgets.

Executive Summary

Ropes Crossing is a fully master planned community in Western Sydney developed by Lendlease. Incorporating several parks and open spaces, including a 25km bike and walking trail, our brief was to help enhance the overarching community feel of the estate through the addition of four new pedestrian bridges, five picnic shelters and three public art entry features. The success of the multi-faceted project is testament to Fleetwood’s ability to deliver high quality results on time within stringent budgets.

Fleetwood involvement

Having collaborated with Lendlease successfully in the past, Fleetwood was hand-picked to work with the project’s artists, architects and planners. For the public artworks, our role was to engineer and model the unique structures from the artist sketches, before selecting suitable materials and leading the construction and installation phase using specialist manufacturing techniques - with much of the work taking place in our off-site workshop. For each of the four bridges, we managed all site works, excavating and pouring the footings before installing the bridges as pre-assembled units. The picnic shelters required us to translate architect sketches into realisable designs and the engineer’s drawings. We then manufactured and installed the structures using a variety of low-maintenance materials.