As part of the raising of the Caulfield Dandenong rail, PTA Landscapes completed the hard landscaping works on two stages for the previously unused spaces to great success, assisting in bringing home multiple awards for the ambitious project.
Noble Park Rail
Working alongside the landscape architects at Aspect Studios, PTA Landscapes was engaged by CPB Contractors and Lendlease Engineering to complete the hard landscaping works to the activation node at Heatherton Road, Noble Park and the RSL Memorial on Haughton Road Clayton, as part of the Caulfield Dandenong rail upgrade.
“The lifting of the rail not only has assisted in resolving safety and traffic congestion, but it has also provided opportunities to recapture and develop previously unavailable land for use,” said Andrew Wilson, PTA Landscapes director. “It is the biggest ‘re-giving’ of land in Melbourne since the opening of the Royal Botanic Garden in 1846 and has provided the opportunity for open space, parklands, new communities areas and pedestrian and cyclist paths.”
Noble Park Rail
The Heatherton Road activation node project centred around a new playspace for the area, which complements the new Noble Park station, skate park, aquatic centre and nearby shops. The playspace works included in situ concrete retaining walls, stairs and edging, asphalt, coloured concrete and gravel pavements, rubber softfall and Laykold decorative surface finishes. The playspace includes a bespoke salvaged log parkour course, exercise equipment and furniture, bollards and barrier fencing.
In comparison to PTA’s active first stage, the second stage was a reflective open space that contains the new Clayton RSL Memorial. The works included the relocation of the Cenotaph from the Clayton RSL, bluestone feature paving and memorial walls, decorative gabion walls, coloured concrete pavements and edges, flag poles, furniture, bollards, and fixtures.
The landscape of the Caulfield Dandenong rail upgrade project has been widely recognised. In 2019 it was awarded the Victorian Park of the Year by Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) while at the Australia Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Victorian Awards, the project received a Parks & Open Space Landscape Architecture Award and Infrastructure Award of Excellence.
“PTA Landscapes was delighted to be a part of the build. We get great enjoyment returning and watching the local community interact with the new landscaped spaces we built,” concluded Wilson.
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