Paul Roche and the Sheoak’s Landscapes team were hired to create open spaces, living walls and an entry statement at the master-planned Frasers Landing development near Mandurah. Around 1250 residences will be built in 12 intimate hamlets, on 54ha of land adjoining the Serpentine River.
Imperative to the design was the reflection of the local environment, so existing trees were retained and native plant species were added.
In reducing the removal of trees throughout the development, the footpaths were altered to snake their way around the existing vegetation.
Sheoak’s created ‘outdoor rooms’ by installing lawn areas underneath natural gaps in the tree canopy. These were then connected by corridors of lawn, timber decking or concrete footpaths.
In keeping with the project’s commitment to sustainability, Sheoak’s used solar-powered reticulation valves. This limited electrical wiring and reduced Sheoak’s carbon footprint.
Sheoak’s also designed and constructed a living wall within the development. Panels were pre-planted and grown offsite, before being mounted onto metal framing and attached to a waterproofed wall. Lines of irrigation were inserted between the panels.
At the 2010 Landscape Industries Association of Western Australia Awards of Excellence, Sheoak’s was recognised for its work, winning the Contractor Commercial up to $400,000 category for Frasers Landing Hamlet 2; the Contractor Commercial $400,000-$1 million category for Frasers Landing Entry Statement Stage 1; and Best New Member. Sheoak’s was also a finalist in Best Special Feature for Frasers Landing Living Wall.