Thornton Riparian Corridor
“Working in a sensitive local habitat with an equally sensitive budget”
Caddens Rise is home to around 1,000 people in Western Sydney. UrbanGrowth NSW, the major developer on the estate, selected Fleetwood Urban to collaborate with landscape architects Place Design Group to create a lively outdoor space at the heart of its new residential community. Central to the expansive project was the delivery of a new 6-metre pedestrian bridge, 58-metre boardwalk and Australian hardwood viewing platform to encourage locals to explore more of their local habitat, including the nearby Thornton Riparian Corridor. The budget was tight. But the end result was outstanding.
PLACE Design Group
Scope of Work
Deliver, Detail, Develop, Discover
Fleetwood was commissioned directly by UrbanGrowth NSW to bolster community access to the Thornton Riparian Corridor. Faced with tight budgetary pressures, the project’s success relied on close and ongoing collaboration between all parties, especially the landscape architects, Place Design Group. Our DesignExecute2™ delivery model provided the perfect platform to guide this process – from reworking the original concepts and providing full design detailing and materials specifications, to the off-site fabrication and successful installation of all elements at Caddens Rise. Importantly, this was all achieved on time, brief and budget.
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As with most Riparian Corridor projects, the site conditions were tricky. But without question, the major construction challenge was financial. The client’s original designs were quite ambitious for the budget. This required us to work closely with Place Design Group to explore a series of modifications that could deliver essential savings to the project, without sacrificing the creative intent or quality of the final structures.
Budget constraints drove several important innovations. One was the decision to integrate two of our standard products – Balmoral™ and Waterside™ – with bespoke modifications to match the design vision and characteristics of the site. To minimise any risk of environmental impacts on the riparian corridor and its surrounding habitat, we also pre-assembled the key structural elements off-site at our Western Sydney facility, before installing them as simple modules with little on-site disruption.
- 58-metre curved galvanised steel and timber boardwalk
- 6-metre pedestrian bridge (Balmoral™)
- 48sqm Australian hardwood viewing deck
- Integrated timber balustrade
- 2 x community shade shelters
- Unseasoned hardwood
- Mild steel
- Hot dip galvanising
- Non marine grade paint system
- Balmoral™ bridge
- Waterside™ boardwalk
Riparian corridors are notoriously complex work-sites, due to their close proximity to waterways, sensitive local ecosystems and often swampy and shifting terrain. Our crews needed to take extra care in the difficult creek bed conditions, especially during the installation stage when they were working around cranes and other heavy delivery vehicles.
The material selection was carefully considered to minimise the project’s environmental footprint while also maximising the durability of all structures. To do this we made extensive use of locally sourced Australian hardwood.
Integrating seamlessly into the wider Caddens Rise masterplan, the new structures have helped to create a wonderful new community asset in the very heart of nature. The Thornton Riparian Corridor is a space for local residents and their families to meet, explore and play, 365 days a year.
With designs that are both functional and inspirational, the new structures encourage Caddens Rise families to experience more of their local community and venture far beyond their own backyard. The bridge and boardwalks, in particular, provide safe and easy access to areas that were previously out of reach to all but the most adventurous of residents.
“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
In my 15 years in the industry, I have not seen projects consistently finished to such a high standard with attention to detail that is delivered by Fleetwood. This is also true for the bespoke items where details and materials have not been used before - maki ...
Tim Corby Development Manager