Boasting the highest density of commercial and residential buildings in Canberra, the newly remodelled Constitution Avenue now sports a stunning Stratavault tree canopy system from Citygreen that enlivens and greens the area.
Featuring impressive avenues of Quercus Robur (English Oak) trees planted using the Stratavault system, the revitalised boulevard has improved the pedestrian journey and driving experience, the potential to include high capacity transit modes and has greatly enhanced the civic character and functioning of central Canberra.
Together, the team collaborated to bring the original concept to life: a grand urban boulevard that connects the city to the landscape with a vast avenue for pedestrians and traffic, that will bring life to the city by creating a comfortable and exciting environment. Creating shade was paramount to recognising the increasing urban heat island effect and the ability of trees to reduce the ground temperature by up to 10 degrees.
Citygreen’s Stratavault system was selected to create the ideal tree canopy and provide enough uncompacted soil for the oaks, allowing the harvest of much needed rainwater to promote tree growth. The stratavault system is highly effective and will provide benefits for long term maintenance costs and appearance longevity.
Landscape architect, Jane Irwin, from Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture explained the difference the stratavault tree canopy has made to the space, “The change is phenomenal with the area now featuring a very strong geometry. It’s been transformed from a really dusty area dominated by carparks into a really comfortable plaza for people.”
Citygreen consultant, Nathaniel Hardy concluded, “This project showcases the power of trees as an urban amenity, activating the space and giving economic value to the surrounding premises.”
Joe Meneghel, director of Able Landscapes said, “It’s best to bite the bullet, spend the money and do it properly. What you save in maintenance and in the long term is a no brainer.”
In the comprehensive video below, comments can be heard firsthand on the exciting project from Irwin, Hardy and Joe Meneghel, landscape constructor at Able Landscapes.