Cardinia Village is a residential village 52 km southeast of Melbourne’s central business district. Marketed to first home buyers and young families, the Village comprises 181 homes built around a 1.8 hectare reserve. Cardinia Shire Council acknowledges that easy access to local parklands within the development became a big attraction to potential residents.

Working with the client and landscape architects Tract Consultants, Fleetwood was chosen to deliver a timber boardwalk, a bridge and shelter. Using the client’s original design, we recommended incorporating our own standard components, helping them to meet their budget and achieve an outcome they were happy with. To keep costs down, we employed our Waterside™ product, a modular, light-weight construction option using a unique combination of materials. The 25 metre long, 2.5 metre wide bridge and 11 metre long boardwalk incorporated Australian hardwoods, galvanised steel, fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) decking, and timber joists. The shelter was made of galvanised steel, powder-coated shelter beams and Colorbond™ custom orb roof sheeting and measured 8 metres long and 6 metres wide.

Environmental concerns for the area were top of mind. The nature of the materials we used to construct the bridge and boardwalk resulted in minimal disturbance during installation, retaining vegetation in this sensitive riparian corridor.

During the installation of the shelter, we minimised construction impact by only using a small crane. Our aim is to minimise on-site impact as much as possible, which is why we pre-assembled most of the structure off-site. Off-site assembly also guarantees we avoid delays due to variable weather conditions affecting installation. Painted detailing added to the aesthetic quality of the cantilevered roofed shelter. This project at Cardinia Village clearly illustrates that we can successfully meet our client’s vision of enhanced public open space on a restricted budget.