Townhouses and central courtyard

Townhouses and central courtyard

This new high density development on the edge of Royal Park offers great landscape potential in the form of an internal communal courtyard and numerous private roof-top terraces. The site is moderately steep across its diagonal marking grading a complex issue. A large Jacaranda exists on the southern boundary and every effort was made to relocate it in a prime position within the central space, under the expert advice of Established Tree Transplanters. Borrowing from the neighbouring Royal Park landscape, the internal courtyard consists of decking, elevated above a precious landscape of grasses, ground covers and Eucalyptus trees. Our proposal also includes the provision of large water tanks below ground, collecting roof run-offs for individual internal reuse. All Open Space run-offs are collected in tanks below an ephemeral creek and re-used for irrigation of all communal spaces.
Townhouses and central courtyard
Client
Acer Capital P/L
Location
Parkville , Melbourne, VIC
Size 
17 triple storey townhouses
Consultancy Type
Sub-consultant- Large multi-disciplinary team
Jackson’s View Residential Estate

Jackson’s View Residential Estate

Winner of the SIAV 2013 Award for Excellence in Infrastructure & finalist in the UDIA 2017 Award for Excellence.The green rolling hills of Drouin welcomes a 500+ lot, high quality residential estate, owned and developed by a local Gippsland developer. Our practice was commissioned to oversee all landscape aspects from sales office to entry walls to playgrounds, local parks and a 9Ha wetland/park. The site is host to remnant Strzelecki Gums which are protected under Victorian Legislation.

Being part of multi-disciplinary team over more than 5 years, we worked with ecologists, surveyors, civil and structural engineers, marketing and Public Relations specialists, as well as stakeholders such as Melbourne Water, DNRE and Baw Baw Shire, to produce a high quality development which offers a Resident’s Exclusive Club, a purpose-built adventure playground, shelter, barbecue facilities, boardwalks, observation deck and artwork around a large wetland which will become the heart and pride of the local community. For more information on the Jackson’s View Estate Playground, please click here.
Jackson’s View Residential Estate
Client
Cartagen Group P/L
Location
Drouin, West Gippsland , VIC
Size 
50 Ha
Consultancy Type
Type Lead- Large multi-disciplinary team
Achievement
Sub-consultant to Civil Engineers
Winner of the 2013 SIAV awards
Winner of the 2017 UDIA Vic Award
Winner of the 2017 UDIA Vic Jury’s award
Finalist in the 2018 UDIA award
Thomastown East Reserve

Thomastown East Reserve

With the assistance of sub-consultants Ecological Engineering Pty Ltd and in consultation with Melbourne Water, Laycock and Jaquet devised a design that retrofitted a portion of the neighbouring Thomastown East estate with WSUD elements aimed at water conservation design and improvement of water quality.
In order to do this, the site was graded to maximise the use of rainwater by directing available runoffs to grass and garden beds.
All paths were flanked on the upper side by swales filled with gravel and agricultural drains to redirect the runoffs to adjacent revegetation areas.

All available stormwater from the estate’s hard surfaces was captured in a new wetland on an old quarry site. Careful consideration was given to the sizing of the wetland to reflect the relatively small water catchment and thus minimising algal bloom and mosquito breeding. The wetland provides both flood management and essential treatment of urban water contaminants before being discharged into Darebin Creek.

This project demonstrates that both retrofitting WSUD elements and treating small catchments are well worth tackling and, if sized correctly and designed well, modest wetlands can have a marked and positive impact on the environment and the community.

Thomastown East Reserve

Client
Whittlesea City Council

Location
Thomastown , VIC

Size 
11 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead

Bayside Council Masterplans

Bayside Council Masterplans

Over the last 10 and more years, we have been involved in a number of Open Space Masterplans, most of which involving Community Consultation.
From the Glenelg Shire to Whittlesea to Maribyrnong and Bayside Councils we have been involved in a number of site analysis, masterplanning and implementation strategies.

Council Masterplans

Client
Bayside City Council

Location
Sandringham, Black Rock , Chelthenham, VIC

Size 
Various

Consultancy Type
Lead- small multidisciplinary team

Westbourne Grammar School Masterplan and courtyards

Westbourne Grammar School Masterplan and courtyards

When Westbourne Grammar School engaged Laycock and Jaquet to establish a landscape masterplan, the grounds were presenting with a tired look, suffering from drought, lack of maintenance, traffic pressures and an ad-hoc approach to problem solving.
The Masterplan offered a systematic approach to all aspects of ground maintenance, new courtyard designs based on simplified traffic patterns, a new plant palette and a full implementation strategy.

Following up from this work, we were commissioned to design the Junior school courtyard which was covered with bitumen, served mainly as a thoroughfare and was cold and uninviting.
The brief included providing a venue for assemblies, outdoor art classes and performances, shade, informal sitting areas, planting and disable access.

A central space was created with low tables with rubberised paving below which the children sat on at lunchtime but kneeled at for outdoor classes. The space was punctuated with brightly colour seating walls, concrete paving and soft and fragrant planting, whilst bordered by more private and secluded spaces.
The design of the courtyard creates a dynamic space through colour and textures which provided the courtyard with a new focus for the renovated Junior school and lent it a contemporary edge.

Westbourne Grammar School Masterplan and courtyards

Client
Westbourne Grammar

Location
Truganina, VIC

Size 
48 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead