OneSteel operate a number of recycling facilities across Melbourne, including this site in Brooklyn’s industrial estate. The site includes a number of industrial buildings and a large recycling stockpile depot. Planning some modifications to the plant site, the client asked us to look at how a Landscape Architectural approach could achieve a better drainage design combined with an improved overall site presentation to the boundary. Our approach was to begin with a detailed grading exercise to find a way to direct water runoff across the stockpile area and into a planted water treatment swale. The big idea was to improve the quality of water run-off across the site by treating it on site through a series of planted swales, retarding basins and ponds.
In addition to drainage considerations, our team also developed a landscape scheme for the steeply sloping batters running along site’s boundary and interface with neighbouring properties. These were managed through careful resolution of the levels and grading to achieve revegetated embankments displaying native trees and understory plants.
The final scheme is a great example of the ability of Landscape Architects to provide solutions which combine an understanding of large scale civil infrastructure with a range of other objectives associated with water, environment and overall aesthetic presentation.
The benefits of this approach included improved environmental outcomes which assist with authority approvals, an enhanced site presentation and the potential to reduce the extent of costly infrastructure such as retaining walls and storage tanks.
- Landscape Concept
- Landscape Infrastructure
- Landscape Mitigation
- Waterways & Wetlands