The Heights Community Park
“An architectural statement creating harmony with the surrounding hinterland”
Sunland’s overall vision for The Heights was to create architecturally-designed homes and landscaped parks that were intimately connected, both to each other and to the surrounding hinterlands. Fleetwood was chosen to design and construct a series of custom public shelters that extended this vision, creating an architectural statement that added genuine character to the visionary new estate.
Form Landscape Architects
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
Using our collaborative DesignExecute2™ process, step one was a Discovery session where the preliminary drawings were reviewed with the design team at Form Landscape Architects. While the original design was a pre-cast concept, we proposed a steel alternative to help reduce the overall cost and timeline, developing an accurate and reliable construction budget to allow the client to make a direct comparison. Our recommendation was agreed, and engineering drawings were then prepared to confirm the most suitable beam sizes, weights and connection techniques. From here the shelter structures were manufactured off-site in two parts, before being connected and finished by our on-site construction crews.
More Project Information
Created by Form Landscape Architects, the design philosophy for the shelters was inspired by harmony and continuity. Their vision called for an elegant form that would complement the contemporary architecture of the surrounding homes, connecting them seamlessly to the local parklands and hinterland setting beyond.
Each shelter had an incredibly thin form with smooth finishes and no visible fixings. With continuous linking completely shrouding the internal mechanisms, none of the structures could be seen. They also needed to be entirely waterproofed and sealed, requiring manufacturing and assembly to be very precise. Achieving all this called for more than a little creative genius from our technical, design and engineering teams.
The shelters were originally designed from concrete. However this was cost prohibitive and the Architects challenged Fleetwood to find a more cost effective way to create the ‘look’ of concrete. Our innovative solution was to use steel sheeting with joints that were so neat that the finished product looked like it could have been concrete.
- Ultra-thin, full-sealed seamless structures matching the architect’s vision
- Precast concrete appearance at an affordable price
- Mild steel
- Non marine grade paint system
- Concrete footings
The shelters quickly became a popular gathering spot where members of the local community continue to connect and relax on a daily basis.
The shelters and adjoining parklands provide inspiring outdoor spaces for local families and residents to enjoy, seven days a week. All just moments from their front door.
We found Fleetwood very professional and they approached the challenge with enthusiasm. The final results were fantastic. Great work.
Andrew Conochie Development Manager