Located in Geebung, Brisbane, Queensland Rail’s Multi User Depot is large sprawling facility that includes offices, workshops and numerous other Queensland Rail based activities. The site includes three existing buildings, a workshop, a plant maintenance shed, a shared services building, car park shelters, rail storage yards and open space.
The aim was to establish a more dynamic landscape that is functional and improve the overall character associated with new built form proposed by the Architect.
Planting character is to be dominated by species that are low-maintenance and drought tolerant while addressing and contributing to the needs of users such as the comfort and amenity of outdoor spaces throughout the site. Safety was also a priority and the consideration of species maturity and growth habits was also considered.
The landscape also aimed to rejuvenate a number of overland flow paths that wind throughout the site and connect to Downfall Creek - the adjoining creek.
Achieving objectives of Water Sensitive Urban Design through the enhancement of these existing site 'swales' and overland flow paths was an major consideration and revegetation and rehabilitation of these 'swales' to improve stormwater quality runoff and waterflow aimed to improve the large rail infrastructure yards to the rear of the site.
Decorative ornamental planting was also considered for pedestrian scaled areas where staff members transit and congregate and is an important inclusion to the outdoor environments with the aim to enhance external areas for users of the site.
Streetscape context including street trees to Bilsen Road were retained to maintain the existing character of the site frontage, meet the Local Authority requirements and also assist in diminishing visual impacts of large expanses of 'built form'.
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