‘The Oaklands Park and Wetland project has redeveloped the former Oaklands Park Driver Development Centre site into an important community asset. A tenacious partnership between the City of Marion, the Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, State and Federal governments saw the vision realised after years of unsuccessful attempts. Community buy-in and ownership of the park and wetlands has ensured that it is a valued space for community to recreate, explore nature, interact with water or just relax. A key component of the park is the constant flow wetland and aquifer storage and recovery, which captures, cleans and supplies water for the greening of 30 other open spaces, which would otherwise have been lost. The constant flow wetland system also provides permanent water closer to park activities by achieving narrower batter widths and reduced vertical separation at the edges. TCL (Taylor Cullity Lethlean) capitalised on this, strategically locating different uses around the wetland, determining the interface between water and land, providing multiple ways to interact with the water͛s edge. It is impressive to see Council working with their partners to deliver a successful water reuse scheme, and using that feature to create a multi-use space for community enjoyment.’
TCL was also the recipient of the Urban Design Award of Excellence for the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Public Realm with Ashton Raggart McDougall. ARM director Ian McDougall is an alumni and past professor of the School. The much-anticipated Adelaide Riverbank Precinct Public Realm Redevelopment by ARM with TCL will undoubtedly make an extremely significant contribution to the Riverbank Precinct and to Adelaide city. The team are to be highly commended for the quality and resolution of the design, including resolution of complex and diverse programmes, and problematic grades and levels, to enable, for the first time, complete connection between the River and the greater city.
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