Thomastown East Reserve, wetland retrofit

Thomastown East Reserve, wetland retrofit

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, wetland retrofit

Client
Whittlesea City Council

Location
Thomastown , VIC

Size 
600m2

Consultancy Type Lead

Achievement
Largest greenfield cemetery project in NSW

Wallacia Memorial Park

Wallacia Memorial Park

Working closely with Stormy Water Solutions, Travers Bushfire Ecology and WS&P engineers, the proposal considers WSUD elements, retarding basin flood storage and water quality management issues within the site whilst adhering to strict requirements for watercourses from the Office of Water NSW. Whilst minor swales direct run-offs to existing and new wetlands, the challenge lays in minimisation of their footprint to ensure maximal use of the land for burial with particular emphasis of safe and aesthetic integration of all WSUD and retarding elements into the landscape.
Wallacia Memorial Park
Client
Catholic Metropolitan Cemetery Trust
Location
Penrith area, NSW

Size 
21.5 Ha

Consultancy Type
Lead- Large multi-disciplinary team
Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

This design not only respond to the basic function of a cemetery, it also takes it into a new dimension, one where cemeteries can be considered as public open spaces with therapeutic qualities, a belief we have long held and promoted.

Due to the complex stormwater issues underlying the project, the FJLA team enrolled the services of Stormwater Specialist, Val Mag, to fully understand the constraints and opportunities generated by the steep and deep dams, the structural integrity of the dam walls and the erosion damage on the downstream creek in storm events. Armed with that knowledge and with our experience in cemetery issues, our design provided a creative solution with immense potential for safe and well presented interments.

The “working” dams can now function as ” water-treating” wetlands, compliant with Melbourne Water’s strict guidelines. Water has now the potential to become the main attraction as opposed to a source of problems.

Springvale Botanical Cemetery Design Competition

Client
Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust

Location
Springvale , VIC

Size 
9 Ha

Consultancy Type
Competition short list

Achievement
Winning entry