Inspire : Public Works Nov Dec 2013
28 Public Works Professional November-December 2013 URBAN DESIGN PLAY IT COOL At the hub of one of Victoria's most intensive redevelopment precincts, this unique urban thoroughfare blends elegance with sustainable practicality. BY BRIAN McCORMACK Hume City Council's Tanderrum Way in the heart of outer Melbourne's Broadmeadows sets a benchmark for public domain design. The vibrant new $3.6 million public space that runs through the Broadmeadows Central Activities District prioritises pedestrian traffc over vehicle movement, without compromising the safety of either. Initiated by the council's Urban Design Team, it delivers high-level public amenity, plus best- practice sustainability and stormwater management, which earned award recognition from both the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and Stormwater Victoria. A notable feature of the project is its inverted road profle, which diverts and drains stormwater to a central median strip instead of to standard side kerbs and channels. Having the appearance of a central green spine, the median is one long bioretention system that flters stormwater and allows it to infltrate the ground below via either stone, mulch and vegetation, or porous pavement. Raised-edge strips defne the interface between the road and the median, and footpath areas are drained towards planted trees to provide passive watering. Adding to the aesthetic is the fact that the road itself is formed from concrete pavers in differing vibrant warm colour tones and laid in a pixelated patter n. The hardwearing pavers were laid onto a 20mm rigid base to ensure optimum stability for both vehicular and pedestrian traffc. In combination, the central green spine and refective paving act to cool an other wise hot urban space, reducing any 'heat island' effect. Strategically placed to connect a range of public facilities, Tanderrum Way was completed three years ago and has become a catalyst for the continued redevelopment of Broadmeadows. Hume City Council and the Victorian Government have a 20-year plan to sustainably manage what is known as the 'Broadmeadows Activities Area', giving it the potential to become a regional hub for offces and services, supported by a mix of retail, leisure and transport facilities to accommodate a growing population. ••• The central green spine and re ective paving act to cool an otherwise hot urban space. Main pic: A central green spine and re ective paving make Tanderrum Way a cool urban space. Right: A festival held to open the new asset attracted crowds from throughout the area.
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