Trevean Gardens, Toowoomba

Category : Open space planning

Location

Trevean Gardens is located on the corner of Meringandan Road and Highfields Road, Highfields, near Toowoomba.  This 123-lot residential development is built on existing farmland and its unique rural setting while being close to all the commercial conveniences of Highfields attracts many.

The Client's Brief

The clients wanted a design that was easily maintained and tolerant of the dry conditions, as heavy water restrictions are imposed on the area.  Space for passive recreation was also a priority.

Features

A predominately native plant palette was used in this design to re-instate a vegetated linear drainage line through the site.  The native palnts selected are all drought tolerant and low mainenance.

The streetscape of the development consists of native street trees in naturalised 'clump' formations, with a low mainenance understorey of native groundcovers at key junctions and vistas.  Intersections have feature paving that is a consistent element throughout the estate.

Mounded planted areas meander through a twenty-metre wide buffer set-back area that creates the vegetated buffer and linear parkland edge to Meringandan road.  Feature fencing compliments the plantings and provides a visual screen to the road on the northern boundary of the development.  Stormwater flows overland into the central drainage channel from a vegetated easement on Meringandan road.  Street trees in the park are planted beside flush kerb with gravel mulch treatment to maintain high levels of permeability for water polishing opportunities and stormwater infiltration into subgrade.

Trevean Gardens was the first private development in Queensland to receive the UDIA 'Enviro-Developer' Certification and also won an award for the Queensland Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australia Water Excellence Award for 2005.

Status

Completed 2007.

 

Click here for the IPWEA Water Excellence Awards details.

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