Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil has begun landscaping work at the Mill Park Leisure Centre.
A commercial landscape installation, like that at Mill Park Leisure, is an important part of providing quality open, green, inclusive and accessible places for the Mill Park community. Well designed and constructed landscaped areas form the heart of local communities. It is through these areas that many people in local communities connect, play, walk or cycle. This is especially true of the landscaping of the Mill Park Leisure and aquatic centre.
About the Mill Park Leisure Landscaping Project
Building facilities by CICG
The redevelopment of the facilities is being completed by CICG Pty ltd. The improvements to the facilities include group fitness rooms, weight training and cardio areas and 3 new swimming pools.
Swimming Pool Facilities by CICG
The existing swimming pool will be improved to include an all abilities ramp and retiling.
- An upgraded 25 metre pool including complete re-tiling and the installation of an all abilities ramp
- Three new pools, including:
- One for leisure, with water play equipment
- One for swimming lessons
- A new warm water program pool with ramp access
Commercial landscaping of the Public Space by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil
The commercial landscaping part of the project includes outdoor gym equipment, barbecues and play equipment.
- Plain concrete paving
- Coloured exposed aggregate concrete pavements
- Granitic pavements consisting of fine grained, brown, natural granitic gravel compacted to 75mm.
- Timber edging
- Concrete edging
- Quality Imported topsoil to Australian Standard 2223 Garden soils for domestic use.
- Rain Garden
- Raised insitu concrete planter garden beds beds
- Dromana granite mulch
- Concrete bench seats timber clad
- Reinstated turf
- Synthetic turf on 135mm sub base
- Wet pour rubber soft fall play surfaces. Including a cushion layer is to be comprised of Recycled SBR Tyre Rubber with a top layer of EPDM.
- Insitu Concrete stairs
- Picnic settings – ‘Urbania’ steel frame seat and table with Enviroslat Recycled Battens
- Bench seats ‘Urbania’ steel frame seat with Enviroslat Recycled Battens.
- Bike rack
- Barbecue – Christie ‘A Series’ Double Bench Barbecue with electric cooktop
- Council bollards
- Play units Lappsett Flora climbing track Gnomes Climbing Forest, Kompan 1100mm Net Twister in ground
Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil at work at Mill Park
Hardscaping by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil
The commercial hardscaping part of the project included in-situ concrete stairs and retaining walls as well as outdoor gym exercise equipment with soft wetpour rubber sports surfaces.
Curved in-situ Concrete seats by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil
One of our favorite parts of the landscape design was the bespoke concrete bench seat. These are a great design feature that also functions as a concrete retaining wall.
Curved concrete seating in commercial landscaping of public spaces provides a great place for people to socialise and chat. Great care must be taken in the construction of the concrete formwork due to the hydraulic weight of the concrete being poured.
Good quality insitu concrete starts with solid foundations and great formwork. The photo above shows the care that has gone into creating a solid structure for the formwork. It is essential that the concrete formwork does not move during the pour, so a stiff formwork support system is constructed to pour the concrete the insitu concrete. Great care must be taken at each stage of the process to avoid damaging the new concrete. The formwork is removed by the landscapers well before the concrete is fully cured, so the concrete has not yet reached its full strength.
The completed curved in-situ concrete seats are a great part of the overall landscape design of this fantastic public space for Mill Park residents.
The newly installed curved in-situ concrete seats are a great place to relax after a swim in the aquatic centre swimming pool or the gym or fitness classes. It is also a good vantage point to watch kids on the play equipment. The back part of the seat functions as a concrete retaining wall.
Oval Shaped In-situ concrete seats by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping
The landscape design also included an oval seat which was timber over an in-situ concrete base. This type of seat construction combines the durability and longevity of concrete with the comfort of a wooden seat. This is a great solution for public spaces like the Mill Park Leisure centre.
In-situ concrete raised garden bed by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping
The entrance to Aquatic Centre also included a feature raised garden bed by the entrance. The walls of the raised garden bed were constructed using curved in-situ concrete retaining walls. This was a very nice piece of landscape design by the landscape architect Land Design Partnership . Below is a video of the construction of the in situ concrete retaining walls for the raised garden bed.
The raised garden bed was planted with a gum tree as a feature in the centre surrounded by cycads.
Softscaping by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil
The commercial softscaping part of the project includes the planting of thousands of indigenous and Australian native trees.
- Lawn areas of Village Green Kikuyu
The Mill Park Leisure Centre redevelopment has been jointly funded by local Government and the State Government of Victoria. For the entire project funding of $25 million, the State Government of Victoria has contributed $5 million towards the project. The Growing suburbs fund has contributed $2 million and a further $3 million has been contributed by the Community Sport Infrastructure Fund.
How the finished Mill Park Leisure landscaping, gym, swimming pools and other facilities will look
To be continued as the landscaping project progresses.
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