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Wynnstay Park in Hartleigh Estate, Clyde. Designed by Hansen Partnership

Wynnstay Park, Hartleigh Estate, Clyde

Hansen was engaged by National Pacific Properties Wynnstay Pty Ltd in early 2015 to prepare a masterplan, concept design, design development and contract documentation for Hartleigh, a new residential estate in Clyde, VIC.

The masterplan was endorsed in 2015 and construction of the first stage of the development started the same year.

Wynnstay Park is part of the second stage of the development and is the heart of Hartleigh. The park and playground opened to the public in October 2017.

The design brief for the reserve was to create an open and welcoming reserve where residents with young families can relax, socialise, play, have a picnic and enjoy spending time outdoors. Wynnstay Park includes a range of spaces that provide for play, activity and relaxation. The design features treed avenues, a linear concourse with table tennis tables and seating facilities, open lawn areas to kick a footy around, large picnic shelter and a nature play inspired playground.

 Hansen’s design is inspired by the farm theme that is implemented throughout the estate. Ideally situated on the rolling hills of Clyde, Hartleigh seeks to refer to the rural history of the site. Elements such as the hardwood post and rail fence, feature bollard with horseshoe embellishments, stone walls, custom oak leaf cut-outs in the seat panels and horse play sculpture all refer to the overarching farm theme. The use of deciduous trees with vivid autumn colours in combination with a more native garden bed plant palette creates an interesting and changing landscape experience throughout the seasons.

The design of the playground encourages both passive and active play featuring rustic timber log posts, custom made play equipment, rope play, balance beams and log steppers.

Creating a nature play inspired play space for young and old.

Construction of stage 5 wetland reserve is expected to be underway March 2018.

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