Wynnstay Wetlands – Hartleigh Estate Clyde
Hansen Partnership was engaged by the developers, National Pacific Properties, to deliver landscape architectural design, documentation and administration for the 19 stage development, including the sales centre, two parks, two retarding basins, a drainage swale, various streetscapes and landscape design guidelines. [See also Wynnstay Park Project page].
A unique feature and one of the key challenges of this project is the requirement to incorporate the rehabilitation of Clyde Creek. As part of our role, Hansen successfully negotiated with all relevant key stakeholders, including City of Casey and Melbourne Water. The Wetland area was designed according to Melbourne Water requirements. This area is a critical part of the natural environment, reducing the impact of floods and providing a habitat for animals and plants. Not only does the wetland improve the water quality and provide a habitat, it creates a spectacular recreation space for residents to enjoy now and in future years as the natural landscape evolves and diversifies.
Walking and riding pathways allow easy access to the expansive views and closer sightings of the rich animal and plant life to be found in the wetlands.
There are two viewing areas including the western arbour structure cantilevered over the wetland planting facing the Bunyip State Park, and the viewing deck at the centre of the boardwalk, which extends into the water and offers opportunity for a more intimate interaction with the wetland.
The gigantic sculptural wheelbarrow provides an additional layer of visual interest and character for the Reserve. The wheelbarrow shape was chosen in reference to the farming heritage of the area. The wheelbarrow comes with a 360 degree accessible basket swing.