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It is in the site-planning phase of a project that
big gains can be made.
"Programming building spaces to take
advantage of climatic conditions and natural
features or to minimise the impact of site
constraints can often be done, resulting in
substantial savings in construction costs or
opportunities to capitalise on elements of the
site or brief that would otherwise be under-
utilised," says Carl.
"Site considerations encompass such items
as developing strategies for external spaces that
address function, amenity, safety, lighting,
drainage, access and way-finding, to name a few.
"We also consider levels and drainage, soil
profiles and soil improvement requirements,
significant or sensitive environmental assets,
climatic conditions, spatial planning, service
locations, construction detailing and construction
access and planning."
Consultation and communication is imperative
in ensuring the success of a commercial project.
Dialogue between the client, the landscape
architect and the contractor is important, but
so too is the involvement of members of the
development team, including planners, engineers
and environmental consultants. Including the
architect or urban designer in the process can
also reap huge rewards.
Working with -- rather than just for -- the client
"Quite often, a client will not have a complete
idea of what they want to achieve or will not have
considered all the opportunities and constraints
that may apply to a design in mind," says Carl.
" is is where there may be an opportunity
for the client and consultant to develop the brief
together, a process that can lead to very satisfying
outcomes for both parties."
Jessica says commercial land development
has its own unique set of considerations and
"While in private work, the client who
commissions the work is normally the same
person who will use the space and maintain
the landscape, in commercial work, these are
generally three different groups, often with quite
different needs and objectives. A key to successful
commercial projects is ensuring that the needs
of all three groups are considered and catered for
in order to deliver the best product possible."
" e early involvement of the whole project
team makes an enormous difference to the project
outcome," adds Marion Fredriksson, senior
consultant - landscape architecture, at Urbis.
"Understanding the engineering constraints,
establishing likely end users, considering
transport and access, and recognising climatic
considerations ensure the architect is armed with
the tools from the start to ensure that the building
"Constant liaison between the architect and
the landscape architect ensures that the building's
orientation, access, servicing and levels are all
considered in a way that is informed.
" is liaison also ensures that there is continuity
in the 'language' of the project, such as in the use
of materials, colour, signage and even typology
in detailing. At the end of the day, the outcome
is a project that is harmonious," Marion adds.
One of the key aspects of commercial project
design is seeking approvals for construction from
"While the developers are responsible for
the construction, local authorities are required
to approve any works that are going to be
constructed," says Jessica.
"Early communication with local authorities
HASSELL provided planning and landscape architecture services for the redevelopment of the old Lakeway Drive-In site in Swanbourne.
Lakeway Drive-In Redevelopment images courtesy of HASSELL, photography Matthew Faranda
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