Kalinda Drive Development

Client: Town of Cambridge
Ecoscape were commissioned as part of a consultancy team to plan and design a housing development at Kalinda Drive in City Beach considering local geology, geomorphology, natural vegetation and the relationship between people and this environment.



The Town of Cambridge commissioned Ecoscape and a number of other consultants to develop lots on the corner of Kalinda Drive and The Boulevard in City Beach. The development site is situated within the secondary dune system of the Swan Coastal Plain. The geology of the development site is both calcareous sand and limestone which is why the adjacent site was quarried for limestone. The geomorphology is the Spearwood Dune System, which is the second youngest band of wind-lain sand deposit forming the Swan Coastal Plain. The natural vegetation association characteristic of the Spearwood Dune System has a vegetation structure of tall open forest and consists of Tuart, Jarrah and Marri trees. This vegetation association is represented in the adjacent Bold Park. The existing mature trees present on site and the adjacency to natural environment of Bold Park were key considerations in the design outcome.

The topographic analysis reveals that the development site has a three dimensional structure that is a semicircular outward focus to the north. This orientation differs from the adjacent quarry site which has a circular inward focus due to the removal of limestone and subsequent land filling activities. The shape of the land and the uses of the site together reveal five distinct geometric shapes in the landscape, they are the square lawn bowls green, the oval quarry site, the circular Water Corporation detention basin, the rectangular Boulevard streetscape and the triangular fall of the topography away from the ridgeline of the Scout Hall space. Site planning has acknowledged these distinct spaces and provides increased connectivity.

The relationship between people and the environment is a feature of the development and the interface between the urban and natural environment within the development is emphasised. The subdivision planning phase identified a number of landscape types integral to the success of the proposed subdivision. These landscape types are streetscapes, pedestrian streets, laneways, pocket parks, and outdoor architectural features. Integrated artworks provide the detail and craft that is often missing in contemporary construction.

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Community Consultation | Flora & Surveys | Land Assessment | Master Planning | Parks & Playground Design | Project Design & Administration

 

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