Fleetwood have been working with UrbanGrowth NSW since 2008 on The Ponds, a new residential community of 10,000 people in Blacktown. We have constructed 12 pedestrian bridges here that facilitate pedestrian movement through the popular residential parklands. So it was a natural progression when UrbanGrowth NSW asked us to collaborate on Ironbark Lake.

The Lake is the jewel in the crown and defining feature of a new waterfront community parkland for The Ponds. The five hectare park provides a continuous lakefront walkway, comprising boardwalks, an iconic bridge link, artworks, kick about spaces, picnic and BBQ facilities, integrated with best practice water management and bushland and riparian corridor restoration.

Access around the lake was very constrained necessitating extensive boardwalks to make a continuous waterfront walkway. Fleetwood worked closely with Landscape Architects and lead consultant CLOUSTON Associates in developing the budgets, design, construction and installation methods for the curved boardwalks. To meet the design, a screw pile system supporting a galvanised steel frame and durability class 1 Australian Hardwood decking was utilised.

An iconic bridge provides a link between the residential estate and the lakeside park. Fleetwood again worked closely with CLOUSTON Associates to deliver the bridge on time and within budget. The structure used bored piers with headstocks for two bright red, splayed steel support frames. The bridge itself was fabricated off-site and craned into position.

Artworks from three significant Australian artists are featured in and around the Lake. Fleetwood worked closely with Queensland artist Jill Chism in fabricating her glass artwork, “Ponds Dreaming”, The artist describes it’s a “metaphor for the changing dreams of residents of The Ponds area from the time of the first settlers until now.” The artwork comprised a circle of six stainless steel and laminated glass plinths that reflects the sun, sky and water. To achieve this outcome, marine-grade mirror stainless steel was used with customised Smartfix fixing systems supporting a digitally printed interlayer of laminated glass.

Fleetwood is proud of its role in creating this projects infrastructure from an early stage. Through art, Fleetwood has now assisted in enriching the resident’s lives and their environment, whilst also providing critical pedestrian and cycle infrastructure.

The Ponds project featured in our TVC - Naturally Inspired™ The Photographer.