Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens Lighting Strategy

Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens Lighting Strategy

The parks and gardens of Melbourne are a major asset for residents and tourists alike. Not only are they venues for passive and active recreation, but also prominent elements in the fabric of the city.
With social changes, there is increasing demand for evening use, and developments in lighting technology create a range of opportunities to enhance the night appeal of gardens as well as their safety.

Interestingly the existing lighting gave a random light glow throughout parks but did not address pedestrian routes, colour rendition and lighting costs.
The strategy recommends a prioritisation of routes, a reduction in lighting after midnight for cost saving purposes, a change to Metal halide for better rendition and facial recognition and a suite of pole which reduced direct lighting and promoted refraction.
The overall strategy provides a rationale for comprehensive park lighting, and individual park strategies show how the rationale would be applied.
The strategy, which was a first of its kind in Australia, has been fully implemented.
co-authored with Paul Laycock
Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens Lighting Strategy
Client
City of Melbourne
Location
Melbourne , VIC
Size 
All 14 major parks and gardens within the city
Consultancy Type
Lead
Achievement
First Open Space lighting strategy in Australia
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